Note from David Burrows
To any survivor reading what follows:
Here’s a first attempt at a throughly justified demand/request to Mrs May: I’ve never drafted something like this before (ie my ‘expertise’, like another prominent solicitor I know of, is limited in this field).
I’ve tried to keep it simple: five demands (where there are bullet pts there should be numbers; but translation from Word to Worpress on my computer seems to loose this: sorry).
I’ve not mentioned my own preference for a High Court (or higher) judge. I go for a judge, not because I’m a lawyer and so are they. (In fact they are judges, and I am an advocate (as is M Mansfiled QC): ie totally different jobs, in my view.) It is because judges are trained to be impartial (and know when to say if they are not); they are trained to read piles and piles of papers, and to assimilate the important issues from them; they are trained to deal with all aspects of child law and crime (if a specialist child lawyer); and they do their job without fear or favour and take on anyone they think they need to take on, cross-examine etc.
CHILD SEX ABUSE INQUIRY:
Survivors to Theresa May, Secretary of State for Home Department
From the undersigned survivors of child sexual abuse; and
In respect of the Home Office child sex abuse inquiry (‘the inquiry’) announced on 7 July 2014
- You have agreed to consult on the matters referred to below (and as a matter off fairness you should do so);
- Whilst we urge that the inquiry start as soon as possible, we insist that it be set up in a way in which we have as much confidence as possible
WE RESPECTFULLY demand [request]:
- That we, and any other survivors whose addresses are notified to you by 29 November 2014, individually be consulted as to the appointment of a chair to the inquiry (‘the chair’)
- That we individually be consulted as to the terms of reference of that inquiry (‘terms of reference’), which will be fixed finally by you in agreement with the chair
- That the inquiry should be on a statutory basis under Inquiries Act 2005, with full powers under that Act
- That the chair should start work full-time immediately following finalisation of the terms of reference
- That the chair should report six-monthly to Parliament, to your Department and (in summary form) to individual survivors whohave provided a means of contact to your Department; and that this reporting arrrangement will continue until such time as the inquiry is complete in accordance with the terms of reference.
Dated this day of November 2014