Earlier this year I indicated that the Final Report of the DLA Piper Review was expected by the end of March.
The latest advice from the Review team is that completion and delivery of the Final Report is expected in mid April.
The allegations before the Review team involve complex and sensitive matters and more time has been required than originally estimated. It has been essential for time to be taken to get the assessments right.
The Review has been conducted in two phases:
- In Phase 1, all allegations of sexual or other abuse and any related matters are being reviewed to make an initial assessment of whether the matters alleged have been appropriately managed and to recommend further action to the Minister. Phase 1 is also considering systemic issues that will require further investigation in Phase 2.
- Phase 2 reviews Defence’s processes for responding to allegations of sexual or other forms of abuse and make appropriate recommendations about any systemic issues. Phase 2 will also oversight Defence’s implementation of the recommendations of Phase 1.
In October 2011, I received Volume 1 (General Findings and Recommendations) and the first tranche of Volume 2 (Individual Allegations) of the Review’s Report.
In March, I released redacted extracts from the Executive Summary and Key Findings of Volume 1 of the Report.
The Review has before it allegations from 775 people which are considered to fall within the Terms of Reference, the overwhelming majority of which are plausible allegations of abuse.
Volume 1 of the Report outlines a range of options which may be open to Government to provide a response to people who have made plausible allegations of sexual assault or other abuse to the Review under Phase 2 of the Review.
These options and next steps will be considered together with the Final Report of Volume 2.
The Review’s findings and recommendations will be considered and dealt with carefully and methodically.