Inquiry into child sexual abuse

Update on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse:


After 6 years, the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, has come to a close. More than 6,000 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse came forward to share their accounts.
Dru Sharpling, Inquiry Panel member and head of the Truth Project, said:
“The courage of the thousands of victims and survivors who have taken part in the Truth Project over the last six years cannot be overstated; we are tremendously thankful to everyone who has come forward. The experiences victims and survivors have generously shared are pivotal in making changes to protect children from child sexual abuse in future.”
… of the 5,440 accounts so far analysed:
🟣  88 percent described an impact on their mental health, with over a third reporting depression
🟣  Just over two thirds did not tell anyone about the sexual abuse at the time it was happening
🟣  45 percent reported an illness or condition that affects their day-to-day life
🟣  One in 10 were talking about an experience of child sexual abuse for the first time when they spoke to the Truth Project
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Background – The Child Migration Programmes saw thousands of children permanently migrated to parts of the British Empire by various institutions in England and Wales, with the approval of the British Government. In 2010, the Government issued an apology for its role in the Child Migration Programmes.

  • Part One of the Inquiry heard from former child migrants who reported that they experienced sexual abuse in relation to their migration.
  • Part Two of the Inquiry’s public hearings takes place between 10th-26th July.
  • Government, public authorities, private, and charitable institutions will be asked to provide evidence on whether they took sufficient care to protect children they sent, or placed abroad.
  • The public hearings are about examining institutional failures by organisations in England and Wales.
  • An Inquiry Seminar: held to gather views and information for consideration.
  • It will also examine: Rapid Evidence Assessment: What can be learnt from other jurisdictions about preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.
  • The Seminar will also hear from members of the Inquiry’s Victims and Survivors Forum.

Transcripts, summaries and full reports     News on the Inquiry

What’s the Truth Project About?

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse offered an unprecedented opportunity to examine the extent to which institutions and organisations in England and Wales have taken seriously their duty to protect children from sexual abuse.

The Inquiry’s Truth Project provided an opportunity for individuals to share their experience and views with the Inquiry in a safe and confidential way. Many victims and survivors have already taken part in the Truth Project and with their consent, some of their experiences have been summarised in the Inquiry’s first publication.



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