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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Children in the care of Lambeth Council Investigation Report


G.1: Introduction

1. In this Part we examine the failures of senior leaders to protect children in care, to oversee and implement safeguarding measures and to respond appropriately to allegations of child sexual (and other) abuse.

2. Ms Annie Hudson (strategic director of children’s services from May 2016 to March 2020) on behalf of Lambeth Council set out the structure of the Council as it evolved over time, identifying its senior staff and councillors. During the periods of time examined by the Inquiry, the failures by leaders within Lambeth Council to protect and keep children safe lasted decades.[1] These failures of management and oversight persisted despite changes in staff, councillors and the political composition of Lambeth Council.[2]


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