Chairman seeks assurance on child protection

Lord Patten Lord Patten asks for interim report in December

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The chairman has asked for assurance from the director general that children who come into contact with the BBC are being effectively protected.

Lord Patten has urged George Entwistle to 'satisfy yourself and assure the Trust that our current child protection policy, processes, guidance and training are fit for purpose'.

Writing to the DG in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse on BBC premises, the chairman says: 'Above all, are they designed and implemented in a way that gives effective protection to children and minors with whom the BBC comes into contact on location, on BBC sites, or through audience engagement?'

He requests that the review is expanded to include BBC policies on sexual harassment, bullying and whistle blowing, and asks for an interim report to be given to the Trust at its meeting on December 19.

The chairman has also decided that somebody outside of the BBC will lead the enquiry into the accusations that Jimmy Savile sexually abused girls in the 70s and 80s in BBC buildings.

Earlier this week, Lord Patten said any enquiry would have to 'command credibility from the wider community because the BBC's existence above all is about trust'.

He said the investigation would begin 'as soon as the police give us a green light'.

On Monday, Entwistle pledged that a 'comprehensive examination' of the allegations would take place.

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