11 December 2015
Nottinghamshire Care Home Abuse Investigated as part of Goddard Inquiry
Abuse at care homes in Nottinghamshire is being investigated as part of a national inquiry into non-recent child sex abuse.
Since 2010, Nottinghamshire Police have been investigating allegations of abuse at care homes in the region. Over 260 people have reported offences to police so far.
Justice Lowell Goddard, who is chairing the national independent child abuse inquiry, will investigate abuse alleged to have taken place between the 1950s and 2000s at care homes run by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.
Councils and Police Welcome Inquiry
Both councils have welcomed the inquiry and, in a joint statement, said: "We welcome the independent scrutiny that the Goddard Inquiry will bring" and that they will “engage fully with it”.
The Goddard inquiry aims to investigate whether "public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care" and will look into any “institutional failures” of councils to protect children from abuse and exploitation.
Nottinghamshire is one of 12 separate investigations in England and Wales to be carried out by the Goddard inquiry, something welcomed by Nottinghamshire Police. As Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said in a statement, “I'm really grateful that the Goddard team has listened to our appeals for Nottinghamshire to become part of the national inquiry.
“I have met a good many of the survivors and they have impressed upon me the importance of this inquiry and their wish to have the opportunity to tell their story and to have that story heard."
Survivors Urged to Come Forward
Mr Tipping encouraged anyone alleging abuse at Nottinghamshire care homes to come forward and contact the police.
Also, former care home staff who might have felt too afraid to speak out at the time now have a platform to be heard, and are being urged to come forward and tell their stories.
Anybody who has suffered abuse at Nottinghamshire care homes – or has any information relating to it – are advised to contact the police in the first instance.
Slater and Gordon’s expert team of abuse lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of abuse – including people who were abused in institutions such as care homes – and have recently commented in the national media on the Goddard inquiry.
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