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Researching Reform: Child Abuse Inquiry – tools for building trust and revealing the truth

Date:6 MAR 2015

The nation’s Independent Panel Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse is undergoing a radical transformation but will it be enough to gain trust it so desperately needs amongst the public and survivors? It could be but the new Inquiry must heed the lessons of current investigations around the world.

The Statutory Inquiry Into Child Abuse as it is now known has been given a powerful makeover. Its Head New Zealand judge Justice Lowell Goddard looks to be savvy and meticulous and its newly bestowed statutory status will give this body a brand new set of teeth which one hopes will bite when necessary through the compelling of witnesses to give evidence and the production of documents to help move the inquiry along.

A new panel though has yet...

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