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Historic child abuse: update

A former trustee of the Children’s Centre is to give oral evidence in public to the inquiry by the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee into historic child abuse. This will take place after the oral evidence of Chief Constable and HM Attorney General which has already been announced. The amended schedule of oral evidence is now as follows.

Friday 18 May 2018

11.30am        Chief Constable Gary Roberts

Monday 21 May 2018

9.30am          HM Attorney General

11.00am        Mr Andrew Johnston, former trustee, The Children’s Centre

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. A first public oral evidence hearing took place on 3rd May 2018. The Hansard for this hearing is now available here.

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 - 14/05/2018