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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse announces investigations

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has today announced the first phase of investigations into the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

One of the 12 investigations to be carried out will be into Children in the Care of Lambeth Council.

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “We welcome news that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will investigate the very serious, historic failings at children’s homes run by Lambeth in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

“We first approached officials from the new inquiry in March this year offering to share material we have gathered regarding historic child abuse in Lambeth, and remain ready to honour that pledge.

“I know how important it is for the victims of these offences that the suffering they experienced is re-examined, and I have apologised on behalf of the council for the historic failings that let down so many young people.

“Lambeth has previously investigated the crimes committed at its children’s homes prior to their closure in 1983. There were both internal and independent inquiries that resulted in a number of criminal convictions.

“However in the light of new national concerns about how child abuse issues were investigated following revelations about the abhorrent behaviour of high profile individuals such as Jimmy Savile it is right that the very serious events of the past are being looked at again.”

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