Professor Alexis Jay, Chairwoman of the Child Abuse Inquiry is said to be publishing a review of the operation of the inquiry within weeks.

Immediately upon her appointment Jay started reviewing the Child Abuse Inquiry’s approach to their investigations. A letter was sent out to the victims last week, “My aim is to explore new ways to deliver the inquiry’s investigative work while remaining faithful to its terms of reference. I will write to you again when the review process has concluded to tell you about any changes that we propose to make and invite your views.”

Victim groups have also been contacted and reassured that if any changes are made to their investigations then their submissions will be invited. A letter sent to some groups has stated that the inquiry would, “find an appropriate way of seeking core participants’ submissions at that stage.”

One of the changes which is expected is that the public hearings could be altered to discussion forums and case reviews with the aim of discussing issues in a more effective way. It is also thought that many of the victims who were to give evidence in a public hearing will be asked to give their evidence in private as part of the Truth Project.

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