Child abuse investigations

Here are the main ongoing investigations and inquiries into historical abuse allegations in institutions around the UK.

Child abuse inquiries and investigations

Independent inquiry

The Government announced on 7 July 2014 an independent inquiry to investigate the way public bodies handled child sex abuse claims. Former judge, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, who led the Cleveland child abuse inquiry in the late 1980s, was originally chosen to head the inquiry, but she stepped down following concerns about her family links. The new chairman has not yet been named. The inquiry is not expected to report before the 2015 general election.

Home Office review

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless is to lead a review into Home Office handling of historical child sex abuse allegations and the way police and prosecutors dealt with any information given to them. This follows a call from Labour MP Simon Danczuk to explain why written allegations about powerful paedophiles - presented in the 1980s to Leon Brittan when he was home secretary - have since disappeared. A Home Office review last year of allegations concerning child abuse from 1979-99 resulted in four files, not previously disclosed, being passed to police. But the review found no evidence of specific allegations of abuse by prominent public figures.

Cyril Smith/Rochdale

Two investigations - by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Rochdale Council. On 7 July 2014, GMP said it was considering widening its inquiry into claims of a cover-up involving paedophile abuse at Knowl View School, Rochdale, in the 1980s and 1990s. It said Rochdale Council had agreed to suspend its own inquiry while it considered how to proceed.

Savile NHS inquiry

It found Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 between 1962 and 2009 in 28 hospitals, including Broadmoor and Leeds General Infirmary. Reports at several other hospitals, including Stoke Mandeville, have been delayed.

Dept for Education

Headed by human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff to look at allegations Savile abused children in schools and children's homes, from the 1960s to 1980s. Aims to report summer 2014.

Savile BBC inquiry

Dame Janet Smith is investigating whether culture and practice at the BBC enabled Savile to carry out abuse of children unchecked - due to report summer 2014.

Operation Yewtree

Police investigation into Savile and others. An investigation by the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC reported in January 2013 on allegations against Savile. Cases which emerged as a result of investigations into Savile, but were unconnected to him, included Max Clifford and Rolf Harris. Investigations into other suspects are continuing.

Operation Fairbank/

Fernbridge/Cayacos

Operation Fairbank was a "scoping exercise" by the Met Police to establish whether there was sufficient evidence for a formal inquiry. Operation Fernbridge was subsequently launched in Feb 2013 to investigate allegations about a paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10 centred on Elm Guest House in south-west London. Operation Cayacos is investigating allegations of a paedophile ring linked to convicted paedophile Peter Righton.

Pallial inquiry

Investigating allegations of historical abuse between 1953-95 at children's homes in North Wales. Also Mrs Justice Macur appointed by PM to review the 2000 Waterhouse inquiry into North Wales abuse dating back to the 1970s.

Historical Institutional Abuse

(Northern Ireland)

Set up to establish if there were systemic failings by institutions or the state in their duties towards children in their care between 1922-95.

Operation Garford, Suffolk

Investigating historical abuse allegations centred on Kesgrave Hall School from the 1970s to the 1990s. Results of the original investigation, carried out in 1992, are being reviewed. Suffolk police are carrying out two further, unconnected investigations into allegations of abuse at two other schools.

Jersey care inquiry

Investigating historical abuse claims in Jersey's care system from 1960 to present day, begins 22 July.

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