Sue Berelowitz, the deputy Children's Commissioner, said that Britain needed to "get to the bottom" of child abuse as the commission embarks on the new inquiry.
"We need to stop the abuse and work very hard to do that, so for all kinds of reasons we have got to get to the bottom of what's going on," she told Good Morning Britain.
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