Stuart Syvret, Jersey and Coverups in England
I have linked to the web log of Stuart Syvret who has managed to kick off an investigation in Jersey against the cover up of child abuse that went on for many years.
He identifies effectively how cover-ups operate and how people in power aim to conceal things as a first response. We get exactly the same in England. The power of the Courts is used to stop people speaking out. I have tabled with the cooperation of the Care Leavers Association a call for a public inquiry into abuse in Care.
We cannot allow the practitioners to continue to operate in an unaccountable manner. There are all sorts of watchdogs that exist, but they are mainly toothless and normally involved in continual stream of cover ups. [The exceptional report of Ofsted recently was sadly an exception rather than the norm.]
"Lessons will be learned", "no one is to blame", "the death of a child could not be prevented". All of these are heard time and time again. In the mean time people suffer (children and adults).
Accountability means finding out what happened not getting one of the establishment in to do another whitewash report. The advantage of a public inquiry is that it has traceability. We do need to make sure that is is not another Justice Cover-up put in charge of any inquiry.
I have now tabled an EDM and am working with the Care Leavers Association
on pressurising the government to have a public inquiry into abuse in care. This should include looking at the realities of the RAD test and other aspects.This House notes with sadness the revelations from Jersey on children in care; recognises that English local authorities have placed children in Jersey; recalls that there have been numerous proven reports of abuse in care in England; endorses the call of the Care Leavers Association for a Public Inquiry into abuse in care; and calls for the law to be changed to ensure that children can speak out about their treatment in care in all circumstances prior to adulthood.