Trust Fund Launched at 2008 AGM
Speaking at the 2008 AGM the secretary announced the setting up of a new independent trust fund aimed at promoting or supporting research into contested allegations of abuse. The fund will be called the Contested Allegations Research Fund and will be managed separately and independently of F.A.C.T.
The trust will will act independently but in partnership with F.A.C.T. We hope that the fund gains charity status and will steadily build up its income so that it can commission research in the educational year commencing September 2009.
The trustees have already discussed a number of ways in which the fund may operate. These include commissioning research into key areas of legislative practice and, possibly, awarding grants or prizes to students whose research make a substantial contribution towards addressing issues of concern to us. Whilst it is expected that the trust fund will be of particular interest to law students it may also be of interest to those studying social policy, sociology, journalism or personnel management.
Speaking after the launch of the trust fund the secretary of F.A.C.T. said we very much hope that the fund will be used to challenge past and current standards of investigative practice and that it will help overturn some of the legal barriers faced by those who rightfully maintain their innocence.
Details of how the trust can be accessed will be announced later in the year.