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Researching Reform: Child abuse inquiry - will the recent guidance on the destruction of documents be enough to preserve valuable evidence?

Date:6 JUL 2015
When Home Secretary Theresa May announced the statutory inquiry into child sexual abuse she also requested a moratorium on the destruction of materials relating to child protection matters. In line with that request Chair for the Inquiry Justice Goddard issued guidance on the disposal of materials relating to child protection concerns. But in the wake of documents on child sexual abuse at Gordonstoun School in Scotland which have now mysteriously gone missing what impact will this guidance have and can it protect any remaining documents in existence which shed light on child abuse in England and Wales?

On 23 June 2015 the Inquiry sent out further instructions on what may or may not be destroyed by Government and other agencies whose remits involve the detection investigation and or prevention of child abuse. The guidance was contained within letters which were sent to the Cabinet Secretary as well as all religious leaders the NHS the Police Force and Local...

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