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F.A.C.T is a voluntary organisation which supports carers andteachers who have been falsely accused and/or wrongly convictedof child abuse, and campaigns on their behalf, for changes ininvestigative practice, and for reform of the criminal justice system.F.A.C.T. is managed by a national committee who can becontacted as follows:Chairman Rory (firstname.lastname@example.org)01787 227997Secretary Michael (email@example.com)02920 777499 Treasurer Ian (firstname.lastname@example.org)01905 778170Lobbying George (email@example.com)0113 2550559Membership Ian & Joy(firstname.lastname@example.org)01594 529 237Press Gail (email@example.com)02920 513016Prison & Family Support Joy (firstname.lastname@example.org)01594 529 237 The committee are also supported by one other member,and up to three co-opted members and representatives fromthe regions, who can be contacted via the national secretary. All correspondence should be sent to:F.A.C.T.P.O. Box 3074,Cardiff, CF3 3WZor by email to email@example.comF.A.C.T.’s two main regional groups can be contacted at:F.A.C.T. North West,P.O. Box 167, PRENTON, CH26 9AXfactnorthwest@factuk.orgF.A.C.T. North WalesP.O. Box 2161, Wrexham, LL13 9WQfactnorthwales@firstname.lastname@example.org
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Welcome to our conference edition of FACTion which is oneof several being sponsored by
to whom we are very grateful. We have also received offers of sponsorshipfrom other law firms and from some individuals. In addition, we have also been able to sell some advertising space inFACTion which will also help cover our production costs Weare grateful to all those who have responded to our call forfinancial support.Let me begin by saying how delighted I am that Anver hassecured his release from prison and had his convictionquashed by the Court of Appeal. I am delighted for him andhis family. I would also like to congratulate his legal team,Mark Newby, Mark Barlow and Paddy Cosgrove Q.C., ontheir success. Those of us who have followed Anvers casefrom the beginning are appalled at the way he has beentreated.Our AGM was well attended and two resolutions wereadopted. The first was the suggestion that the F.A.C.T.national committee produce a report on the advantages anddisadvantages of becoming a registered charity, and thesecond concerned the need for F.A.C.T. to take a moreproactive stance against those who falsely accuse carers andteachers of child abuse. The AGM also appointed RogerGriffiths to the national committee in place of DavidSherwell, who can now have a well deserved rest. We aregrateful to David for all his hard for FACT over several years.Our conference theme this year was
Child Abuse: Moral Panic - an international problem.
It could equally have been
Staff Abuse:a Moral Outrage - an international responsibility.
What Ithink the conference clearly demonstrated is that it is possibleto fight back. We must not only help each other but also helpourselves by working together. This conference has been bothtimely and instructive. It is important F.A.C.T. learns fromthe Canadian experience. The national committee will bemeeting soon to examine how best to take things forward. Wehave already had some very useful discussions with JohnEasling and Dale Dunlop since the conference and hope toreport on some outline ideas in our next edition of FACTion.In the meantime Counsel’s advice is being sought about somepossible legal options. We are grateful to Dale and John formaking this possible and for their generous support, and time,in making our conference such a success.Finally, I would like to mention one idea which emerged atour AGM. This year we thought it might be a good idea tocombine our Christmas Vigil with a Christmas Treat. What we have in mind is to have a Christmas gathering on Saturday 2nd December at St Chad’s Birmingham starting at mid-day and finishing at about 5:00pm. A Christmas buffet will beprovided. We will
need to know in advance if you wishattend - priority will be given to those who have been inprison and their families, or have loved ones in prison at thepresent
time. Please let Joy Gower know if you would liketo reserve a place.
With my best wishes, Rory