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Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers
F.A.C.T is a voluntary organisation which supports carers andteachers who have been falsely accused and/or wronglyconvicted of child abuse, and campaigns on their behalf, forchanges in investigative practice, and for reform of the criminaljustice system.
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Yet another edition of FACTion - it seemed only a week or two ago that we had the last one. Perhaps it is the hot weather! In this edition you will find several good newsstories. I was delighted to hear that Ian Brooke’s and JohnSiddall’s appeal had been successful.It is also very gratifying to hear of other successes. Forsome time now F.A.C.T. has been quietly developing itsstrategy for challenging injustice caused by false allegationsof child abuse. One of the reasons why we chose
Challenging Public Body Decisions
as our last conferencetheme was because we think it is very important to holdagencies and employers to account. Mind you, I had notexpected that you would take our advice so vigorously.News that several F.A.C.T. members have secured justice- whether it be from the Ombudsman or fromEmployment Tribunals - is very welcome news. What I think these victories show is that in order to makegains we need a ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approach. Itis no use us challenging the Government if employers andprofessionals are allowed to do as they please. We need totackle the problem from both ends.I am delighted with the results and congratulate all thoseconcerned. I know that on occasions you may have wondered whether it has been worth it - financially andemotionally. Each victory, however, not only strengthensour position and motivates us, but encourages others insimilar positions. It also shows how, by pooling ourresources and working together, we can achieve pleasing results - and win! What the cases you will read about in this edition show isthat there are certain common threads running throughthem all. Almost all of them highlight a presumption of guilt, administrative and investigative incompetence, anddelay. Whilst it is pleasing that this is beginning to berecognised, we still urgently need a Royal Commissioninto investigative practice. We should take heart from theCanadian experience. I am also delighted, too, that DaleDunlop has accepted out invitation to speak at ourconference which promises to be a truly internationalaffair as we also hope to welcome John Easling from Australia.I do hope that you will join us for our AGM, and for ourconference on 9th September. Good and innocent menare still being imprisoned, and situation in Scotland andKerelaw in particular, are timely reminders that there isstill a lot to do.
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