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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Investigating the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales. Read our Opening Statement and the November update statement.

We will identify institutional failings where they are found to exist. We will demand accountability for past institutional failings. We will support victims and survivors to share their experience of sexual abuse. And we will make practical recommendations to ensure that children are given the care and protection they need.

The Inquiry is independent of government. The Chair is Professor Alexis Jay OBE, who is supported by a Panel, a Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel, and other expert advisers. More about who we are.

Share your experience

We are working with victims and survivors who want to assist the Inquiry in its work. You can share your experience of sexual abuse with us.

News and updates

News and updates about the work of the Independent Inquiry.

Announcement by the Chair to the Inquiry on the resignation of Ben Emmerson QC

Announcement by Professor Alexis Jay on the resignation of Ben Emmerson QC

News 29 September

Inquiry update

News 29 September

Statement from the Inquiry

News 29 September

Inquiry publishes terms of appointment for Chair and financial report for 2015/16

We have today published details relating to the remuneration package of the Chair of the Inquiry and our financial report for 2015/16

News 15 September

More news and updates

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