Child sexual abuse inquiry: Justice Lowell Goddard appointed

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, responds to appointment of a new Chair for the child sexual abuse inquiry

New Zealand High Court judge Lowell Goddard has been named today as the head of a new inquiry into child sexual abuse. 

Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said:
"It's good that a new Chair has now been appointed and Justice Lowell Goddard must now press on with the Inquiry and do all she can to instil the confidence that will enable those abused as children to speak out.

"If people have relevant information about crimes committed against children I would urge them to come forward. There are active police investigations underway now.

"While this inquiry is vitally important in uncovering the horrors of past abuse we must not lose sight of the fact that children continue to be abused today. Anyone worried about a child at risk of abuse can call our helpline now on 0808 800 5000."

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