The Inquiry offers an unprecedented opportunity to examine the extent to which institutions and organisations in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children.
The Inquiry will investigate a wide range of institutions including:
It will also examine allegations of child sexual abuse involving well known people, including people in the media, politics, and other aspects of public life. More information about what we have been asked to investigate is in our Terms of Reference. They explain the scope of our work and the principles we must follow.
Although we are investigating institutional failures, rather than individual cases of sexual abuse, the experiences of victims and survivors are central to our task. We cannot begin to understand the patterns of institutional failures without hearing from those who suffered as a consequence of those failures. We are working with victims and survivors who want to assist the Inquiry in its work by sharing their experience of sexual abuse. Read more about how we work and sharing your experience.
The Inquiry is an independent statutory inquiry and covers England and Wales. Being independent means the Inquiry is not part of government and not run by a government department. Being statutory means the Inquiry was set up under the Inquiries Act 2005 and has the power to compel witnesses to give evidence.