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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.

Inquiry announces decisions on core participant applications

The Inquiry announces decisions in new core participant applications

News 22 August

New case study announced in the Accountability and Reparations Investigation

Stanhope Castle Approved School added as a case study to Accountability and Reparations Investigations

News 19 August

The Inquiry is seeking bids from research bodies or institutions to carry out two literature reviews

The Inquiry is seeking bids from research bodies or institutions to carry out two literature reviews.

News 15 August

Professor Alexis Jay OBE becomes Chair of the Inquiry.

Professor Alexis Jay OBE becomes Chair of the Inquiry with immediate effect.

News 11 August

More news and updates

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