Feb 2015: Theresa May MP, the Home Secretary announced in the House of Commons that she had appointed Justice Lowell Goddard DNZM QC to chair the CSA Inquiry.
Justice Goddard, a judge of the High Court of New Zealand, has accepted the post and will appear at a pre-appointment hearing before the Home Affairs Select Committee on 11 February.
The Inquiry will consider whether, and the extent to which, public bodies and other important institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.
It will seek to address public concern over failings exposed by appalling cases of organised and persistent child sexual abuse.
A highly respected member of the judiciary, Justice Goddard conducted an inquiry into the police handling of child abuse in New Zealand when she was chairman of the country’s Independent Police Complaints Association.
Home Secretary Theresa May said: