Responding to the announcement, Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper said:
It is welcome that the inquiry into child abuse is finally moving forward – almost two months after it was initially announced.
But we still have no terms of reference for the inquiry and have had no assurances that it will look into current gaps that exist in the child protection system, as well as historical institutional failure. We now need urgent answers on both these issues.
The most important factor in taking this inquiry forward is to ensure it has the confidence of victims of abuse. Their experiences and the support they need must be at the heart of this major piece of work if we are to better root out abuse and build a child protection system that is fit for purpose. That is why we have made clear from the start this panel needs to involve victims and child protection experts
Despite the long delay, the Home Secretary has not resolved either the terms of reference or the full panel and that is extremely disappointing. We hope that Fiona Woolf, Graham Wilmer, Barbara Hearn and Professor Alexis Jay will get the Home Office's rapid support to be able to get the terms of reference and panel agreed as soon as possible, and to set out a clear plan for the panel's vital work.