Welcome to another week.
In a recent article in The Times online, it has been suggested that the nation’s Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse has gone beyond its intended role in creating its Truth Project, which The Times claims has turned the inquiry into a pseudo-judicial body, effectively trying facts as if it is a court of law. The article also goes on to say that the Inquiry is simply too big and too ambitious a project.
Setting aside the fact that The Times misunderstood the remit of the Truth Project completely (and had to print a correction as result), it is true that the Inquiry has grown in size since its creation. The Inquiry has had to extend its investigation out of necessity, due to the sheer number of allegations the police and other law enforcement organisations have received. It also has to contend with being the latest in a very long line of inquiries which have done little to improve safeguarding practices, so whatever they do now must be bold and progressive.
However, not everyone agrees that widening the net is the best way forward or that the Inquiry should engage in any form of fact finding. The cost of the Inquiry alone is set to reach into the millions and the likelihood of gathering evidence that in many cases will be several decades old seems small – much of this evidence is likely to be missing, destroyed or not archived in the first place. Critics of the Inquiry also doubt that the investigation can offer anything new to the large volume of research looking into state failings in the context of child sexual abuse.
Our question then, is just this: do you think the Inquiry is right to go all out, or should it pull back its investigation?