Commons Home Affairs Committee report on IICSA and Professor Jay’s response

Last night, the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee published its (rather critical) report on The work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The Committee’s conclusions are as follows:

Independence and accountability

1. It is important that IICSA is, and is seen to be, independent. We do not seek to undermine that independence, which has been established by statute and is vital to the credibility of its work, which is immensely important to survivors of abuse. However, that does not absolve it in any way from the need for transparency, accountability and scrutiny, particularly given that it was established by the Home Office and its budget comes from Home Office expenditure, and that it was a lack of transparency in institutions which gave rise to the Inquiry being set up. (Paragraph 5) Continue reading