May asks NSPCC boss to head child abuse review

The NSPCC and Legal Advisors will now cross overview the investigations and a full investigation team will be set up.

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Home Secretary Theresa May: "With allegations as serious as these, the public needs to have complete confidence" - video link

BBC News
7 July 2014

The head of the children's charity NSPCC is to lead a review of historical child sex abuse allegations, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced.

Peter Wanless's review, which will cover how police and prosecutors handled information given to them, is expected to report within 10 weeks.

A Hillsborough-style inquiry will also be held, led by an independent panel of experts on law and child protection.

This would be wide-ranging and would not report before the next election.

Mrs May, who said the panel inquiry could be converted into a full public inquiry if necessary, said she wanted to ensure the public had confidence that serious crimes were being investigated.

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