I don’t normally succumb to writing these personal types of blogs but on this ocassion I feel I must say something because it’s important for survivors, victims who didn’t make it, supporters, campaigners, (proper, credible, unbiased) journalists and anyone else who takes an interest in the fight on exposing child sexual abuse, the inquiry and getting to the truth.  If this includes is you, please read on…

IICSA – Business as usual


  1. 15 SEPTEMBER 2016: RESIGNATION OF ELIZABETH PROCHASKA: Despite the media spin, Ms Prochaska did not resign AFTER Ben Emmerson, Ms Prochaska resigned on 15th September 2016 – 2 weeks previously. [1]
  2. 27 SEPTEMBER 2016: EVENING LEAK TO THE TIMES OF POSSIBLE RESIGNATION: On the evening of 27th, the media began reporting that Mr Emmerson was close to resigning from his position on iiCSA with ‘sources’ saying it was because of “his differences with chair, Alexis Jay”. [2]
  3. 29 SEPTEMBER 2016: IICSA SUSPENSION OF BEN EMMERSON: iiCSA announced that Mr Emmerson had been suspended due to concerns over his leadership. [3]
  4. 30 SEPTEMBER 2016: MR EMMERSON RESIGNS: Following the announcement of his suspension, Mr Emmerson resigned from his position stating he was no longer “the right person for the role“.  However, it is understood his resignation HAD NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THE INQUIRY ITSELF. [4]

[1] IICSA further resignations LINK

[2] Visible progress needed in child sexual abuse inquiry LINK

  • 30 September 2016


It was designed, in the wake of the Savile scandal, and the growing awareness of the scale of abuse in the past, to examine the problem in all corners of British society.

Initial subjects will include the response of institutions including churches, councils and UK bodies abroad to children being abused.

There is a specific topic centred on the allegations against the late Labour peer Lord Janner. Much more will follow.

Delayed public hearings will start next year. The intention is to publish at least 13 separate reports – if the latest crisis can be overcome. This centres on Ben Emmerson QC, a widely-respected human rights lawyer who has been arguably the inquiry’s most significant figure behind the scenes. Need for trust

This week, someone (and he denies it was him), briefed the Times that he was about to resign because he had fallen out with the inquiry’s new chairwoman, Prof Alexis Jay, about the inquiry’s future work – something he later denied in his resignation speech.

But Mr Emmerson was then suspended after unidentified allegations were made against him about “aspects of his leadership”. An investigation was launched.

Sources have told the BBC the complaints were not about his management or legal abilities, but more serious.

To date we have been unable to precisely confirm their nature.

Mr Emmerson then resigned anyway, denying it was anything to do with the inquiry’s future – he just wasn’t the right man for the job of restructuring the inquiry.

Which has left questions.

Was the earlier briefing an attempt to lay a smokescreen to mask his departure for a different reason?

And what happened to the investigation into the complaints?

Inquiry officials have refused to say a word.

This risks accusations of a cover-up – because many of those involved bring up the same word when talking about the way in which this inquiry must operate: they say they must be able to trust it.


The most senior lawyer working for the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales has been suspended from duty.

The inquiry said it had “recently become very concerned about aspects of Ben Emmerson QC’s leadership” of his team and he had been suspended so these could be properly investigated.

The BBC understands more than one complaint has been made against him.

Mr Emmerson said he was “unable” to comment at this time.

The inquiry said press suggestions Mr Emmerson was considering resigning after raising disagreements over its future direction were untrue.

In a statement, it said: “They are not a matter on which he has advised the chair or panel.”

[4] Ben Emmerson QC resigns as child abuse inquiry lawyer LINK

  • 30 September 2016

Ben Emmerson QC, the most senior lawyer working for the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales, has resigned.

In his resignation letter, Mr Emmerson said he was no longer the “right person” for the role, but denied he had stepped down due to a difference of opinion with chair Prof Alexis Jay.

The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association said it was “devastated” by the news.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she still has confidence in the inquiry.

Mr Emmerson had been suspended on Wednesday due to “concerns about his leadership”.

His resignation on Thursday evening came hours after it emerged that his colleague Elizabeth Prochaska – the inquiry’s second most senior lawyer – had stepped down on 15 September.

‘Truly upset’

It had been suggested her departure was unconnected to Mr Emmerson’s resignation. However, BBC Newsnight understands there were “serious problems” in the working relationship between Mrs Prochaska and Mr Emmerson.

Please don’t be fooled by the press and media, nor certain people who represent the legal system.  They have vested interests in wanting iiCSA to fail.  It’s still very much ongoing.


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