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The Inquiry launched 15 investigations into a broad range of institutions identified on the basis of the Chair and Panel’s criteria for selection of investigations.

The investigations give a voice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, enable the Inquiry to understand how institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and make practical recommendations to ensure better institutional protection for children in the future.

The Inquiry’s investigative work underpins the public hearings, which have now finished. An historical timetable listing each public hearing date is available on our website. The last public hearing was held in December 2020.

Each investigation concludes with a report that sets out the Inquiry’s conclusions on institutional failings and identifies practical recommendations for change. These will continue to be published into 2021. (Please note the Effective leadership of child protection investigation is the only exception. Because of its thematic nature, this final investigation will feed into the Final Report instead.)

Public hearings

The public hearings into our 15 investigations have now ended. The Inquiry heard evidence from 648 witnesses in person. Of those, 94 witnesses gave evidence as victims and survivors. It held 323 days of public hearings. During the hearings, 24,565 documents totalling over 590,000 pages were disclosed.

  • 323 Days

    of hearings completed

  • 648 Witnesses

    including 94 victims and survivors

  • 24,565 Documents disclosed

    made up of 590,000 individual pages of evidence

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