Politicians like journalists can be creatures of the moment. Flitting from issue to issue – today will be the decision on implementing Leveson on press regulation – they sometimes forget the bigger picture in the adrenalin rush of a crisis or a story.
Eleven years ago David Cameron, then a backbencher sat alongside Tom Watson, Labour MP, as a member of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. Together the two MPs signed up to a report on historical child abuse. One of the key recommendations of the report ( for those who want to read it all, the link is http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200102/cmselect/cmhaff/836/83602.htm ) was that when the police ” trawl” for abuse victims and witnesses those who are interviewed should get support from day one.
The recommendation states: “complainants should be offered appropriate victim support services, such as
counselling, from an early stage of their involvement in the investigation.”
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