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Latest head of abuse inquiry Lowell Goddard to face MPs

The latest figure to head Britain's long-delayed inquiry into child sex abuse is to be grilled by MPs later today.

Lowell Goddard, a High Court judge from New Zealand, was named as chair by Home Secretary Theresa May last week.

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Profile: Child Sex Abuse Inquiry chair Lowell Goddard

Justice Lowell Goddard, 66, has been selected to lead the Child Sex Abuse inquiry. Here is a profile of the judge:

  • A serving judge with the High Court of New Zealand, the first woman of Maori descent to be appointed.
  • Raised and studied in Auckland, New Zealand where she began practicing as a barrister in 1977
  • Helped to establish the HELP Clinic and police support networks for victims of sexual abuse
  • Oversaw publication of a report on police handling of child abuse cases as chairwoman of New Zealand's Independent Police Conduct Authority
  • Elected an independent expert to the UN subcommittee on the prevention of torture
  • She is married with three step-children and a daughter from a previous marriage

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