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Helping protect children from sexual abuse now and in the future

Who we are

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay OBE (pictured), 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.


Although our programme of public hearings is now complete, work is ongoing and all information gathered will inform the Chair and Panel’s recommendations in the Inquiry’s Final Report.


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.

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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.

You can share your experience by phone, video call or in writing. To protect your health, we are following Government lockdown instructions and can no longer offer the opportunity to share your experience in person. Find out more.

We encourage you to share your experience before the Truth Project concludes in 2021.

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

Inquiry timeline

Discover our interactive timeline, which charts the progress of the Inquiry from its establishment in 2015 to the present day.

Quarterly Statistics

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


The Chair and Panel make recommendations which are published as part of the conclusions in an Inquiry report.

Get in touch

If you wish to ask a question about the Inquiry or would like to find out more about sharing your experience, please contact us, or see our Victims and survivors page.  You can get in touch using any of the options below, but please don’t give details of any abuse at this stage.

We aim to respond to all calls, emails and letters within 15 working days, however, it may take longer to respond in busier periods.

Latest report

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published our Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings investigation report.

Latest News

Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel

The Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel assists and advises the Inquiry on all aspects of its work. 

Deaf Assistance

Help and support specifically curated for deaf users and organisations

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