As part of its work, the nation’s Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse will be hearing submissions today about the scope of its investigations into the allegations of abuse made against Lord Janner.

Lord Janner was due to be investigated over 22 allegations relating to sexual offences, involving nine victims all under the age of 17. However the trial of facts was dropped shortly after his death, a decision which angered survivors.

A lawyer has this morning suggested to the BBC that the Inquiry’s investigation into the late peer may breach the principles of a fair trial.  This latest observation will no doubt cause yet more upset amongst victims and survivors who have not been able to tell their side of the story in a public setting.

The Inquiry’s Chair will be looking to establish whether the allegations against Lord Janner are ‘well founded’ – if they are found to be, she will then go on to consider whether the authorities involved had failed in their responsibilities towards those victims who say they were abused by the peer as children.

Campaigners for child sex abuse victims have already spoken out about the failings, and will be addressing the Inquiry later with further information.

Greville Janner, Comment