CAMPAIGN

OUR FIRST CAMPAIGN IS TO GET THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE HENRIQUES REPORT IMPLEMENTED BY GOVERNMENT

​Sir Richard Henriques independent Review of the Metropolitan Police Service's handling of non-recent sexual offences identified no fewer than 43 separate blunders and said it was time for police to stop automatically believing the accounts of alleged victims. 

The actions of the Metropolitan Police is not unique to the Met - their actions are repeated across police forces in England.

The 'Henriques Report' put forward sensible and pragmatic recommendations which rebalance the pendulum in investigations of historical sexual assault.  

The UNFOUNDED ALLIANCE is driven to get Henriques recommendations implemented by Government.

Justice Henriques

REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS

In all, Sir Richard made 25 recommendations, including:
  • Those who make complaints should be referred to as "complainants" and not as "victims" throughout the investigative and judicial process
  • The instruction to officers to "believe a 'victim's' account" should cease
  • Investigators should be informed that false complaints are made from time to time and should not be regarded as a remote possibility
  • A suspect should have the right to anonymity prior to arrest
  • Work should be done to improve the police relationship with those accused, given the "crushing effect" of a prolonged investigation on them and their families
  • In future, the public should be told that 'if you make a complaint we will treat it very seriously and investigate it thoroughly without fear or favour'.

  • Every effort should be made to minimise leaks of information by examining current systems and increasing sanctions.
  • In non-recent cases particular consideration should be given to the necessity to arrest or re-arrest in accord with Code G and the guidance therein.
  • At the commencement of an investigation a time limit should be fixed.
  • When announcing publicly that no further action will be taken, rather than stating insufficiency of evidence, an alternative is that 'the case failed to meet the evidential test'.
  • When announcing publicly that no further action will be taken, no details of the allegations not already published should be disclosed.