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Historic child abuse Oral evidence to be heard in public by Committee

​A series of oral hearings is to be held in public as part of the inquiry by the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee into historic child abuse. Evidence will be heard from the persons listed below at the times stated.

Thursday 3 May 2018

10am Mrs Christine Urquhart

10.45am Mr John Guest

11.30am Mrs Kerry Sharpe MLC

Friday 18 May 2018

11.30am Chief Constable Gary Roberts

Monday 21 May 2018

9.30am HM Attorney General
Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearing, which will take place in the Legislative Council Chamber, Legislative Buildings, Bucks Road, Douglas. They can also to listen to the proceedings on the Tynwald Live and Listen Again audio webcasting service.
It was resolved in July 2017:
That Tynwald notes with concern reports of historical child abuse at the former Knottfield Children’s Home, which closed in 1983, and refers the matter to the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee to report by December 2017; and further instructs the Committee to investigate the adequacy of current procedures to protect from abuse children in care (looked after children) in the Isle of Man and to report in March 2018.
The first part of this inquiry was suspended on 30th November 2017 pending a criminal investigation. The criminal investigation was completed and the parliamentary inquiry was resumed on  22nd March 2018.
The Members of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee are Mr David Cretney MLC (Chair), Ms Julie Edge MHK and Mr Martyn Perkins MHK. Mr Perkins is not taking part in this inquiry for reasons explained to Tynwald in a statement by Mr Cretney in December 2017.
For further information please contact:
Jonathan King
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald and Clerk of the Legislative Council
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3PW
01624 686303
Published - 27/04/2018