NSPCC & Stuart Hall
Today, Stuart Hall was sentenced for sexual offences against children, one of whom was 9 years old at the time. He was sentenced to 15 months.
Hall initially denied these allegations, calling them 'pernicious' 'cruel' 'callous' and 'spurious'. He used his platform as a well-known member of the media to publicly slur those who had courageously come forward to make a formal allegation against him.
In April, when the case was sent to Crown Court, Hall changed his plea to guilty - although there were media restrictions in place meaning that this wasn't reported until the beginning of May.
As part of his mitigation, Patricia McMillan provided a character reference, detailing his chartitable works. Ms McMillan is the Branch Chair for NSPCC East Cheshire . When challenged about this, @NSPCC has ignored requests for a statement, and spent the day attempting to fire-fight on twitter, replying to individual @'s and ignoring others completely.
We are disatisfied with their explanation that Ms McMillan is a 'volunteer'. We understand that Branch Chair is not a paid role for the NSPCC, but it is no doubt an influential one.
We request that NSPCC release a full and public statement to address this issue, and answer the following questions.
- Did Ms McMillan mention her role as NSPCC Branch Chair in her statement supporting Stuart Hall? If so, will the NSPCC publish this character reference?
- Does NSPCC have an 'ethics' code that they expect their branch volunteers to adhere to? If so, is this information available to the public?
- Do NSPCC (and within this, we include all of those working within the organisation, including volunteers) believe that charitable works some how negate criminal offences against children?
- Will NSPCC be requesting Ms McMillan steps down from her position as Branch Chair for East Cheshire?
- What steps NSPCC be taking to ensure that this does not happen again?
We are publishing this on our website and will be sending to NSPCC via email. Further updates will be provided in the comments.