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About us

We are a statutory inquiry for England and Wales, established in 2015 under the Inquiries Act 2005.  Our independence means that the Inquiry is not part of any government department. 

Our remit is wide-ranging, but as a statutory inquiry we have the unique authority to compel witnesses and request any material necessary to investigate where institutions have failed to protect children in their care.

In identifying what must be done differently, we are building the case for change and improvements in how institutions must protect children.

Through investigations and public hearings we have examined what went wrong and why across a wide range of institutions. The evidence we have gathered through 15 investigations help inform our findings and recommendations to help prevent these failures happening in future.

Our ambitious research and analysis programme has filled gaps in knowledge about child sexual abuse and ensures ours recommendations are informed by the latest learning.

The Truth Project has given victims and survivors the opportunity to share their experiences and put forward suggestions for change. Their experiences have provided a vital contribution to the Inquiry, helping us to build a clearer picture of the extent of child sexual abuse and better understanding of its long term impact on victims and survivors.

Inquiry timeline

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

Inquiry statistics

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


For all news and media related queries, please visit the news section.

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If you would like to get in touch with us, you can find details on how to do this on our contact us page.

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