Friday, January 2, 2015

The state can't handle the volume of historical child sex abuse allegations claims MP as he warns that victim total could be in the 'many tens of thousands'

John Mann said child sex abuse allegations could be in tens of thousands Labour MP wants to create a national institute to handle all the complaints He warned the state cannot deal with the number of people coming forward MP said historic sex abuse inquiry, which has been beset by problems, was not just about who was leader but about what the investigation will cover 


PUBLISHED: 10:40 EST, 1 January 2015 

The number of victims coming forward with allegations of historical child abuse could reach ‘many tens of thousands’, an MP has warned. John Mann said the state ‘can't deal with’ the volume of claims that are being made.

The Labour MP for Bassetlaw suggested a national institute needed to be created to handle the complaints.

John Mann, MP, has said the state will not be able to cope with the number of people coming forward with historic child sex abuse claims while Theresa May, right, is still considering the make-up of the body

A Government inquiry has been set-up to investigate historic child abuse following claims of a VIP paedophile ring operating in Westminster in the 1980s.

But it has been mired in uncertainty with two candidates for chair - former judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and ex-Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf - having to stand aside over their establishment links.

Mr Mann said there had been too much emphasis on individuals. ‘It's not just about who chairs an inquiry, it's about what the remit of an inquiry should be, who else should be sat on that inquiry, who should be advising it,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

‘As an example, one of the things that survivors' groups are calling for in the discussions I've had with them is for government to set up a national institute to take forward this work on what you do with all these people coming forward.

‘Probably, it's going to be many tens of thousands of people across the country. The state can't deal with the numbers of people coming forward.

‘The police and social services cannot cope with the volume that's there, even now. And we're hardly at the beginning of people coming forward.’

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