Following the resignation of Justice Lowell Goddard last week, the home secretary has announced the appointment of Professor Alexis Jay to take over as chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

Professor Jay is a former social worker and was already among the inquiry’s panel of advisors. In a statement released yesterday Professor Jay has said she will “fearlessly examine institutional failures, past and present”.

There have been concerns about how Goddard’s resignation could affect the inquiry and the delays it might cause but, in her statement, Jay has told everyone involved to “be in no doubt – the Inquiry is open for business and people are busier than ever working hard to increase momentum”.

Professor Jay previously led the official inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham which concluded in 2014 and found that at least 1,400 children had been sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013. Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, has praised Jay’s “vast experience” whilst noting that she will be the first chair without legal or judicial qualifications.

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Posted on 12/08/2016 in Legal Updates

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