Jehovah’s Witness charity appeal against child abuse inquiry dismissed

A judge has dismissed an appeal by trustees of a Jehovah’s Witness charity against a Charity Commission decision to launch a statutory inquiry into safeguarding.

The regulator launched an inquiry into two charities, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain, and the Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in May 2014 to investigate if adequate safeguarding procedures were in place, following revelations that trustees of the charity had allowed a convicted child abuser to question his victims.