Professor Alexis Jay named fourth chair
of Child Sexual Abuse inquiry

11 Aug 2016

By Mikey Smith

She will take over from Dame Lowell Goddard, who resigned from heading up the probe last week

Professor Alexis Jay
Professor Alexis Jay led the investigation into child sexual abuse in Rotherham

Professor Alexis Jay has been appointed to lead the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced.

She will take over from Dame Lowell Goddard, who became the third person to quit as chair of the inquiry last week .

Baroness Butler- Sloss quit in July 2014 after questions were raised over the role played by her late brother, Lord Havers , who was attorney general in the 1980s.

Her replacement, Dame Fiona Woolf resigned following a barrage of criticism over her “establishment links”, most notably in relation to Leon Brittan, the former home secretary who died in 2015.

And days after coming under renewed criticism for spiralling costs and delays, Dame Goddard, who was given a £500,000 salary package, offered her resignation in a letter to the Home Secretary.


Dame Lowell Goddard resigned from the inquiry last week

Professor Jay is a former social worker and led an investigation into child sexual abuse in Rotherham in 2014.

She appointed as an expert advisor to the independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse which preceded the statutory inquiry set up by Theresa May last year.

Ms Rudd said: "The Independent Inquiry has a vital role to play in exposing the failure of public bodies and other major organisations to prevent systematic child sexual abuse.

"I'm delighted Professor Alexis Jay has agreed to chair the Inquiry. She has a strong track record in uncovering the truth and I have no doubt she will run this independent Inquiry with vigour , compassion and courage.

Alexis Jay
Alexis Jay

"Let there be no doubt; our commitment to this Inquiry is undiminished.

"We owe it to victims and survivors to confront the appalling reality of how children were let down by the very people who were charged to protect them and to learn from the mistakes of the past."

Professor Jay said: She said: "I am committed to ensuring this Inquiry does everything it has set out to do and does so with pace, with confidence and with clarity.

"Be in no doubt - the Inquiry is open for business and people are busier than ever working hard to increase momentum.

"The panel and I are determined to make progress on all parts of the Inquiry's work, including speaking to victims and survivors.

"I am determined to overcome the challenges along the way.

"I will lead the largest public inquiry of its kind and together with my fellow panel members we will fearlessly examine institutional failures, past and present and make recommendations so that the children of England and Wales are better protected now and in the future."

Source: 'Daily Mirror'

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