Thursday, 5 February 2015
The UK Child Sex Abuse People’s Tribunal (UKCSAPT) has been established by Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and their supporters.
The UKCSAPT is an independent body which emerged from the need of survivors to be heard and to secure Government and Parliamentary acknowledgement of the extent of Institutional Child Sex Abuse in the UK.
The People’s Tribunal’s mandate is to examine cases of Institutional Child Sex Abuse upon request from individuals or civil society organisations in the context of alleged failings on the part of Government and Statutory bodies throughout the United Kingdom.
The People’s Tribunal seeks to compliment the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, originally set up by the Home Office of the UK Government.
For the People’s Tribunal to succeed it is essential that survivors and witnesses are empowered to give evidence and this will be its guiding principle. Survivors will be supported in this process. It will provide a forum for those who want to give evidence and to do so in an environment to ensure that their voice is heard. The intention is for the People’s Tribunal Panel to sit at various locations across the UK.
The People’s Tribunal process is based on recognised legal principles and will go through a rigorous examination of facts and context. Once its work has been concluded, the verdict and resulting report will be delivered to the Home Secretary, other Government officials, and interested parties.
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