Offences Against Children

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including posthumous forfeiture in the process for removal of an honour in relation to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including in the criteria for forfeiture of honours (a) convictions (b) cautions and (c) cases decided by trial of the facts in relation to child sexual abuse.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The government has transformed its response to tackling child sexual abuse. The honours system has been substantially reformed over the last 25 years, with police checks carried out on all nominees.

Forfeiture cases are considered through the Independent Forfeiture Committee and for forfeiture policy through the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals (known as HD Committee). The Committees will carefully consider the recommendations made by the Independant Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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