When it was formed in 2012, considerable importance was attached to the independent nature of the Loudoun Trust. It is answerable to no-one, but only to the truth.
All the trustees have professional attachments with bodies which have their own policies.
The Trust was formed in 2012, considerable importance was attached to the independent nature of the Trust. It is answerable to no-one, but only to the truth. All the trustees have professional attachments with bodies which have their own policies.
Publications and opinions by Loudoun Trust members are independent of such bodies and should not be seen as in any way associated with any other professional or charitable organisation. However, we naturally draw together the common ground that lies between such organisations.
The Trust functions on a voluntary basis and relies for funding on voluntary contributions. Its core objective is “to advance education for public benefit about paedo-sexual offending and sexual crimes against children.”
Although the objective of the Trust is to provide reliable educative material so that professionals and the public at large may better understand the root causes of child sex abuse, the creation of the Trust coincided with the publication of the details of the Jimmy Savile affair. This inevitably led general discussion in Parliament and the Press to consider child sex abuse in the past, whilst the Trust’s desire is to consider the future. There was an inevitable pause in the work being done by the Trust.
Our trustees are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable persons in the United Kingdom on the treatment of paedophiles and other child sex abusers.
There is great public disquiet about child sex abuse, but there is also profound public ignorance about its causes and about what should be done to prevent it. We are attempting to form a link between the professionals and the public. We believe that a more open, thoughtful and informed discussion of the issues will lead, over time, to improved measures in addressing how best children may be protected and offenders dealt with in the most appropriate way.
Examining and detailing past crimes is important, but looking at the causes of such crimes may ultimately be more important. So we consider that the current inquiries should also play a part in helping to determine proper measures for the future. The prime consideration should not only be the prosecution of persons, some of whom are deceased, but also the collection of data to help the prevention of such crimes being perpetrated on our children in the future. We must learn from the past in order to protect those who are yet unborn.
We hope that our work may add clarity and greater meaning to the present inquiries and investigations by helping those involved to understand the problems that lay beneath the facts of the cases being considered. Ultimately such considerations may prove to be the most important and enduring work of those endeavours.
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