Last week (30 July) PCC Paddy Tipping met with representatives from the Nottinghamshire Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Inquiry Group, including its Chair David Hollas and Mickey Summers, and Nigel O’Mara from the East Midlands Survivors Group.
At a meeting that was described by everyone present as highly productive, it was recognised by both the PCC and the Survivors Group that the national Goddard Inquiry inevitably has an overlap of interest with any local Inquiry into historic Child Abuse. As a result it was agreed that introductions would be beneficial to all parties, which will be facilitated by the Commissioner.
Following discussions on regarding plans for a Nottinghamshire based inquiry the Survivors agreed that they were happy, in principle, to see a Serious Case Review undertaken by the local Safeguarding Boards, provided that this was an independent review on which they were consulted on the membership of the panel – and its chair - and any Terms of Reference.
Paddy Tipping said after the meeting: “I think that we are definitely making progress. I fully appreciate that a lot of people want to see a local independent inquiry take place as soon as possible, but we all agreed today that it would be senseless to jeopardise any ongoing police investigation in the interests of speed. That said, hopefully we can make progress in things like the terms of reference in the meantime, so that as soon as we are given the go-ahead any Review or Inquiry we can move ahead swiftly.”
Mickey Summers said: “This was a good meeting and cleared up some misunderstandings. I appreciate the PCCs support and impartiality and I think we are all on the same page. I will not give up on this, I am determined to see justice.”
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Posted on Monday 3rd August 2015