Towards survivors’ terms of reference for a #CSAinquiry
I am not a survivor. I am merely offering such drafting, admin and legal skills as I may have.
It does seem to me that if survivors can put forward draft terms of reference (‘TOR’) to the Home Office to which as many as possible can agree, then this might – I don’t know, but it might – carry weight; especially if it was endorsed, or drawn attention to, in any way by any sympathetic media outlets.
I therefore suggest that as many survivors and survivors’ representative bodies who read this send me a draft set of their recommended TOR. This should please be in not more than 1,000 words (if possible: this note is 500 words). I can then try to put those words into a composite set of draft TOR for the Home Office.
If this initiative is thought unhelpful, please say so; though if a majority over those dissenting contribute to a draft, I will carry on.
Terms of reference
Examples of TOR can be seen at
- For the recent Leveson inquiry into the press: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140122145147/http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/about/terms-of-reference/
- For the Jersey child abuse inquiry: http://www.jerseycareinquiry.org/Pages/searchresults.aspx?k=terms%20of%20reference
- For the Waterhouse inquiry in North Wales (1996-200) which were thought to be too narrow, can be found on page 1 of https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/310730/macur-review-issues-paper.pdf
I set out my ideas for a ‘Manifesto’ for child law reform, which is perhaps a little different, at https://dbfamilylaw.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/child-law-reform-a-manifesto/ .
If survivors can put forward something in draft – I would say in the next two weeks (ie by or before 24 October 2014) my guess that it must be taken notice of; and it could prove influential.
People who are concerned in this – not just survivors – would be welcome to contribute ideas (up to 1,000 words); but I suggest it should be survivors and representative bodies only who sign this off for presentation to the Home Office.
All contributions should please be sent to me. I can be DM-ed by anyone who wants to submit thoughts and I will send to them my email address.
Please indicate whether you are:
- A survivor
- From a survivor’s representative body
- Other: eg someone concerned at what has happened
If submission is to be by 24 October 2014 (though that date is not set in stone) then the time-table will have to be as follows:
- 16 October 2014: all contributions of around 1,000 words must have been received by me by this date
- 19 October 2014: I will prepare a draft over the week-end and send it out to all contributors; and perhaps publicise it on my and anyone else’s blog
- 21 October 2014 by 4 pm: comments on draft to me
- 23 October 2014: final draft circulated
- 24 October 2014: submission to Home Office
This time-scale may be unreasonable and may have to be extended; but those who agree that this is an exercise which is worthwhile attempting can perhaps see if we can keep to something like it.
We say they are delaying (which they are). We can try to show by this effort how in earnest survivors are.
8 October 2014