On 24 March 2016 – just 8 days after his release from prison where he was illegally held – Brian Pead attended the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand.
Here’s what the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse posted on its website:
“…Preliminary hearing for children in the care of Lambeth Council
The preliminary hearing into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children in the care of Lambeth Council from sexual abuse and exploitation will be held in court 73 at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday 24 March 2016, starting at 10.30 am.
The Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Hon. Dame Lowell Goddard will consider applications on Core Participant status, timetabling of the public hearings as well as submissions on the issues around the broadcasting of those hearings.
This preliminary hearing follows a number of other preliminary hearings held by the Inquiry in recent weeks including those on the Anglican Church, Rochdale Council and Lord Greville Janner.
In November 2015, the Chair announced the Inquiry’s first tranche of investigations, including this one into Lambeth Council…”
For the avoidance of doubt, Brian Pead has applied to become a Core Participant on the following grounds:
(i) he is himself a survivor of child abuse at the Children’s Home known as the Oval in Harpenden, Hertfordshire between 1955 and 1960
(ii) he is a whistleblower on child abuse in Lambeth Council in 2006
(iii) his book From Hillsborough to Lambeth exposing child abuse, racism and bullying at Lambeth was banned at the High Court
(iv) in July 2013 lambeth Council applied to the High Court to seek a permanent gagging order against Brian Pead
Brian has written to his Member of Parliament, Sir Henry Bellingham to keep him informed about his application for core participant status.