A lawyer representing 140 victims of disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile welcomes announcement that 20 children's homes and schools are to be investigated.
They include 3 former children's homes in Manchester.
"We welcome any investigation that will uncover further how widespread Savile's abuse was. It is important that we know exactly when, where and how this predatory paedophile committed his horrific crimes.
"Mr Gove's announcement comes in the same week that he said in the Commons Government would investigate the possibility of introducing mandatory reporting for heads of institutions where children and the vulnerable are cared for.
"It is frankly shocking that people in authority who become aware of abuse are still not committing a crime if they decide to cover it up."
"We take all allegations of abuse extremely seriously and will do everything we can to investigate as thoroughly as possible in accordance with the process and within the timescales set down by the Department For Education."
Three Manchester children's homes are being investigated in the inquiry into abuse carried out by the disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile.
The Sarah Laski Home, Broome House, which are both closed and another unnamed children's home are part of 20 homes and schools where it's claimed Savile abused children. The allegations date back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed local authorities and other relevant institutions have been asked to further investigate the claims.