Liz Davies’ Open Letter to Margaret Hodge

Desiring Progress

Last Friday (August 1st, 2014), Margaret Hodge, Labour MP for Barking and Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, issued a statement on the poor treatment of whistleblowers, and how they are often victimised by managers (see Rayeev Syal, ‘Public service whistleblowers ‘treated shockingly’, report finds’, The Guardian, August 1st, 2014). Hodge was earlier Leader of Islington Council from 1982 to 1992, during which time the council was beset by a terrible child abuse scandal affecting most of the children’s homes in the borough. Liz Davies was a social worker for Islington Council who acted as the principal whistleblower about this scandal; she is now Reader in Social Work at London Metropolitan University. Below I reproduce, with permission from Dr Davies, an open letter from her to Margaret Hodge in response to Hodge’s recent comments.

See also Liz Davies’ website, in particular this page featuring videos of various…

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  1. Peter McKelvie said:

    Brilliant letter and long overdue

    Politicians need to quickly get used to the fact that survivors and campaigners are no longer willing to be ignored
    People power has not only achieved an Independent Inquiry and refused to accept the first puppet chair nominated by the Government but will carry on fighting until the Government understands the dictionary definition of the word “independent “

  2. Lisa said:

    I have followed this story on line for months and wait with baited breath for some JUSTICE for the brave victims and professionals who have been vilified over the years over this cover up. Liz Davies’ letter should be published in the press, it’s about time the real culprits were taken through the courts and brought to justice.

  3. Lisa H said:

    It’s interesting that the named alleged high profile perpetrators are mostly all dead. A much alive alleged paedophile MP is conveniently deemed to have “dementure” to avoid prosecution, although remains in the House of Lords. How many paedophiles still working in government/judiciary/the police are going to be named, shamed and prosecuted (or are they all “incapable of being taken through the courts” as well?!!!

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