Theresa May, current Home Secretary, faces much criticism as it is revealed her department lost or destroyed more than 100 files, involving organised paedophilia relating to politicians in the 1980s. It has been said that they did not handle the allegations correctly, in order to protect the system.
May has now been forced to address two issues. One, the Home Office’s response to the abuse allegations they were confronted with, and two, whether public bodies and other institutions have taken their duty of care seriously.
A Home Office Spokesman said that an internal investigation last year found 13 items of information about child abuse, nine of which the police had already seen. The remaining four were passed on immediately.
However, complaints have been made against the internal review stating that it was inadequate. This followed a statement by Lord Tebbit who said he believed there had been a political cover-up because “At that time I think most people would have thought that the establishment, the system, was to be protected, and if a few things had gone wrong here and there that it was more important to protect the system.” He continued that in those days it was the “thing people did.”
The missing files reportedly contain details of officials, MPs and peers implicated in child abuse, and paedophile activity at parties. The internal review by the Home Office was not published, however a summary was put on the internet last year that no one knew about. It appears that although 100 files were found to be missing, it was not properly looked into.
Chancellor George Osborne stated that the government will find a way to get to the truth about any child abuse at Westminster. For the future of child protection, justice needs to be sought for historic cases, but also to create a system strong enough to protect young people going forward.