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Our task is to make sure that children get the care and protection from sexual abuse they need and deserve, now and in the future.

Who we are

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was set up because of  serious concerns that some organisations had failed and were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse.

Our remit is huge, but as a statutory inquiry we have unique authority to address issues that  have persisted despite previous inquiries and attempts at reform.


We are examining what went wrong and why, and will challenge those institutions responsible. The evidence we gather will inform our recommendations to help protect children in the future.

Find out more about investigations


We have an ambitious research programme which will fill gaps in the knowledge about child sexual abuse and make sure our recommendations are informed by the latest learning.

Find out more about research

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The Truth Project

Our truth project offers the opportunity for Victims and Survivors to share their experience and be respectfully heard and acknowledged.  By doing so, they will help us to better understand the long term impact of abuse.  Their contribution will help us make recommendations about support needs, as well as challenging our assumptions of child sexual abuse.

Experiences Shared

These are some of the experiences of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project. All names and identifying details have been changed.

Visit the Truth Project website

Services for deaf users

The Truth Project has launched a new service to enable Deaf people who were sexually abused as children to share their experiences. Find out more by watching this video.

Get in touch

  • You can call the Inquiry Information line on: 0800 917 1000 Open weekdays 8am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-12pm. Calls are free and do not show on your bill.


  • You can share your experience through the Truth Project, either by emailing us at or using our online form.

    You can also provide information by email at

  • You can write to us via Freepost IICSA INDEPENDENT INQUIRY (no stamp required)

Final investigation announced

The Inquiry has announced its fifteenth and final investigation into Effective Leadership of Child Protection. The investigation will focus on practical experience of leadership and management, with a public hearing set to take place in 2020.

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Latest News

New research explores children and young people’s views on online sexual harm

The Inquiry has published new research exploring children and young people’s perspectives on online sexual harm and the education they receive on this in school.

14 November

Survivors of child sexual abuse invited to share views on access to records

Survivors of child sexual abuse who have struggled to access their childhood records are being invited to speak to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

8 November

Victims and survivors tell Inquiry that physical and sexual abuse was endemic in children’s homes and residential care

New research from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse found that 39 percent of children sexually abused in residential care also experienced physical abuse - and a fear of retribution stopped many victims from speaking out.

7 November

Inquiry publishes financial report Q2 2019/20

6 November

Seminars and Hearings

If you wish to attend Seminars or Public Hearings you can view our investigation and seminar timetables or consider whether to apply for special status in a future investigation.

If you attend at the hearing centre, you may hear experiences of child sexual abuse which may impact you. We have support workers available at our hearing centre during public hearings. We can also suggest further help and support resources.

Quarterly Statistics

The Inquiry is providing a statistical update on the three strands of our work.

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