The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has announced that it is widening its scope to investigate other religious orders in England and Wales. This investigation will be separate to the ongoing investigation of the Anglican Roman Catholic Church.
The IICSA will investigate other religions such as Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Baptists. There will also be an examination of religious settings including mosques and synagogues.
Also included in the investigation are places of faith tuition where young people gather in connection with their religious belief such as Christian Sunday Schools and Muslim Madrassahs.
This is in response to the results received from the inquiry’s Truth Project. This showed that more than 1 in 10 survivors of sexual abuse suffered abuse in a religious institution and of these almost a quarter were abused in institutions which form part of the new inquiry.
The investigation will review child protection policies and practises and procedures of the institutions.
A preliminary hearing will take place in July with public hearings expected to begin next year.
The IISCA are inviting organisations and individuals to apply for core participant status.
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