Safeguarding and the Goddard Inquiry

In February the Home Secretary announced the appointment of Justice Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand High Court Judge, as Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. It was set up on 12 March; and Maria Strauss, of Farrer & Co, has kindly provided this guest post to mark its inauguration.

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The Goddard Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

On 4 February 2015, Home Secretary Theresa May announced that she would be appointing Justice Lowell Goddard, a judge of the New Zealand High Court, as Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse established under the Inquiries Act 2005. Ms Justice Goddard took her position on 13 April 2015. The Inquiry has its own official website.

The Inquiry opened officially on 9 July 2015. Ms Justice Goddard gave an opening statement with details of the Inquiry’s aims, structure and approach. My colleague Adele Eastman has written a comprehensive note summarising the key points, terms of reference and other matters all of which are applicable to Churches and religious organisations. Continue reading