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Thursday 31 May 2001

 

Victoria Climbié Inquiry is Launched

Thursday 10 May 2001

 

Preliminary Meeting - Thursday 31 May 10.30am


Thursday 31 May 2001
VICTORIA (ANNA) CLIMBIÉ INQUIRY IS LAUNCHED

THE public inquiry into the tragic death of eight-year-old Victoria (also known as Anna) Climbié, opens today.

The inquiry, chaired by Lord Laming, will investigate the circumstances leading to the tragedy and recommend action to prevent such an episode happening again.

The investigation, which was commissioned by Health Minister Alan Milburn and Home Secretary Jack Straw, is unique as it is being set up under three pieces of legislation, and will look at the roles played by social services, police and the health service.

As chairman of the inquiry, Lord Laming will introduce his team of assessors drawn from the various specialist areas involved in the case, those being the police, social care, the health service and paediatrics. He will outline the aims and objectives of the inquiry as well as explaining the format for the forthcoming hearings.

"Above all, it will be independent, open, rigorous and fair," says Lord Laming, of the inquiry, "I will be asking people what happened and why and we will want to see what action can be taken to ensure such a terrible occurrence doesn't happen again."

The tragedy was one of the worst cases of child abuse to come to light in this country in recent years. Victoria died of multiple organ failure, hypothermia and malnutrition and suffered 128 separate injuries.

Lord Laming believes that the public nature of the inquiry will ensure that matters are dealt with in an open and honest manner. "This will serve the interests of vulnerable children best and will ensure the general public can have confidence that tragedies of this kind will be avoided."

A written transcript of Lord Laming's address to the meeting will be available from midday today on the inquiry website www.victoria-Climbie-inquiry.org.uk





Contacts:


Paul Rees, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 7972 1999
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 355
paul.rees@victoriaclimbie.org

                or

Lara Williams, Press Officer
Tel: 020 7972 2018
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 468
lara.williams@victoriaclimbie.org

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Thursday 10 May 2001
PRELIMINARY MEETING - THURSDAY 31 MAY 10.30am

LORD Laming will hold a preliminary meeting on the sixth floor of Hannibal House, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6TQ, at which he will outline the timetable and procedures of the public hearings on Thursday 31 May. The meeting is expected to last for up to three hours. A written transcript of Lord Laming's address to the meeting will be available from midday on the inquiry website.





Contacts:


Paul Rees, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 7972 1999
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 355
paul.rees@victoriaclimbie.org

                or

Lara Williams, Press Officer
Tel: 020 7972 2018
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 468
lara.williams@victoriaclimbie.org

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