Child sex abuse inquiry opens Monday to test how Tower Hamlets and 5 other authorities cope
- Credit: Mike Brooke
A public investigation into child sexual exploitation by organised networks in east London and elsewhere is being held to deal with the “urgent problem of grooming and sexual abuse”.
Hearings are being held by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse looking into how local authorities like Tower Hamlets respond which open from Monday, September 21, and run for two weeks till October 2.
They are analysing the current extent of abuse as well as institutional responses, selecting Tower Hamlets and five other local authority areas to be examined in the Midlands, West Country, Lancashire, Yorkshire and the North East.
Evidence is being heard from victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation and representatives of the Met and other police forces, local authorities, government departments and charities.
“It’s clear that grooming and sexual abuse of children is an urgent problem across the country,” Victims and Survivors Consultative panel member Nujoji Calvocoressi said.
You may also want to watch:
“This hugely important investigation will examine the current strategies in places like Tower Hamlets to prevent this type of child sexual exploitation and see what more can be done in future.”
The investigation focuses on the six separate local authority areas of Tower Hamlets, St Helens in Lancashire, Swansea in South Wales, Durham in the North East, Bristol in the West and Warwickshire in the Midlands, chosen because they represent a range of sizes, demographics and institutional practices.
- 1 Tackling Covid blamed for yet more threats to public services
- 2 Politicians join forces on referendum about Tower Hamlets mayor
- 3 Windows smashed in Extinction Rebellion protest at Canary Wharf bank HQ
- 4 Man, 19, stabbed in Stepney Green Park
- 5 Meeting ex-banker London mayoral candidate Brian Rose
- 6 Shoppers queue for bread on opening weekend of new Wapping street market
- 7 Cyclist in critical condition after 'serious collision' in Bow
- 8 Refugee fighting £2,850 claim in lettings agency dispute
- 9 Jailed: Teenagers who left victim blind in one eye after train stabbing
- 10 Canary Wharf floats idea for new green restaurant on water
The hearings assess the extent to which safeguarding services like Tower Hamlets and others have learned lessons from recent high profile cases such as Oxford, Rotherham and Rochdale.
The hearings are online from 10.30am to 4.15pm each day, streamed live on the independent inquiry’s Child Sexual Abuse website, with transcripts available a few hours after.