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Telford child sex abuse inquiry takes step forward

By Dominic Robertson | Telford | Crime | Published:

The next step has been taken in the appointment of a chair for Telford's child sexual exploitation inquiry..

Telford & Wrekin Council's CSE Inquiry Member Advisory Group last night received a report outlining plans for the recruitment of the person who will lead the inquiry.

The report will now be considered by the council's cabinet tomorrow when councillors will vote whether to approve 'part A', which lists the process for recruiting the inquiry's chair.

If that goes ahead then the process of recruiting a chair will begin with the publication of an advert detailing the requirements for the role, with a one-month deadline for those applying.

The draft job description considered by the advisory group says that the role will include "intense periods of work" but is not expected to be full-time throughout the life of the inquiry.

Terms of reference

The development follows a row over the progress of the inquiry.

Telford MP Lucy Allan has criticised the time it has taken to begin the inquiry, although the council has defended the process.

Once appointed by the commissioning body, which is the law firm Eversheds Sutherland, the chair will be tasked with sorting out the terms of reference for the inquiry.

The report considered by the advisory group says the chair will be “working with the commissioning body to finalise the terms of reference and parameters of the inquiry” and will eventually produce "a report which is thorough, comprehensive and evidence-based”.

The inquiry was sparked by reports in the national media which suggested that that there had been as many as 1,000 victims of CSE in Telford over the previous 40 years.

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