The investigations by the IICSA will give a voice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, enable the Inquiry to understand how institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and make practical recommendations to ensure better institutional protection for children in the future.
Each investigation will conclude with a report that will set out the Inquiry’s conclusions on institutional failings and identify practical recommendations for change.
A public hearing into the first phase of the investigation into child abuse and sexual exploitation has already taken place on 30 September -11 October 2019 at the Inquiry Hearing Centre at 18 Pocock Street, London, SE1 0BW.
A public hearing in the second phase of the investigation will take place on 11 – 22 May 2020 and a preliminary hearing in relation to this phase will be held at 2.30pm on 14 January 2020.
The Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.
In recent years the number of criminal convictions for child sexual abuse by school staff has surged and the Inquiry has received many accounts of sexual abuse that occurred in schools.
Children in residential schools are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse as a result of their isolation from their families and carers and the involvement of staff in their intimate personal care.
This investigation will address residential schools in both the state and independent sector because children are vulnerable in residential settings regardless of the school’s status or the means of their parents.
The investigation will explore how schools and other agencies respond to allegations of sexual abuse by school staff, and address broad questions of school culture, governance, leadership, training and recruitment.
The Inquiry intends to select case studies for focused investigation that will illuminate these issues.
Multiple institutions are implicated in failures of child protection in schools, including local authorities, schools inspectorates and the police, and the investigation will take account of this wide spectrum of responsibility.
If you have been a victim of child abuse and would like to speak to one of our specialist abuse lawyers in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can advise you on the available options for pursuing a civil damages claim. Jordans successfully represent and secure compensation for numerous victims of abuse and are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. Our abuse team can be contacted on 0800 9555 094 or 0330 300 1103.