Policy paper

Review of the investigation of alleged Home Office failure to act on allegations of child abuse in the 1980s

A review, led by Peter Wanless, of the investigation into the handling of information received by the Home Office in relation to child abuse allegations.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



In response to a parliamentary question from the Hon Member for West Bromwich East, the Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, Mark Sedwill, commissioned an investigation by an independent expert into information the Home Office received in relation to child abuse allegations, including information provided by Geoffrey Dickens. In order to be confident that the investigation would review all relevant information, the investigation reviewed all relevant papers available relating to child abuse between 1979 and 1999.

Peter Wanless will lead a review not just of the investigation commissioned by Mark Sedwill but also how the police and prosecutors handled any related information that was handed to them. Where the findings of the review relate to the Director of Public Prosecutions, it will report to the Attorney General as well as to the Home Secretary.

Further documents will be added above, as they are published.

Published 24 July 2014