Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans for a review into the handling of information about historical child sex abuse allegations.

NSPCC boss Peter Wanless will head the review, which will examine how police and prosecutors handled allegations. Wanless will be aided by a “senior legal figure” and the review is expected to report within 10 weeks.

Alongside the review, May also announced a wide-ranging Hillsborough-style inquiry into historical sex abuse allegations within government as well as at the BBC and NHS.

The inquiry will be led by an independent panel of experts on child protection and the surrounding law. It will not report until after the next election, but May has said that there would be an opportunity to expand the investigation into a full public inquiry if necessary.

The announcements were prompted by concerns that the Home Office failed to act on allegations of child sex abuse and lost 114 documents relating to such allegations.

Questions also continue to be asked about discussions between government ministers and the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), an openly pro-paedophile activist group that got support from both the left and the right in 1970s Britain.

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