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Children Outside the UK Phase Two media pack

An inquiry into the extent to which institutions and organisations based in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibilities to protect children outside the United Kingdom from sexual abuse.

In recent years, grave allegations have emerged regarding child sexual abuse by individuals working for British institutions and organisations abroad.

This investigation will look at institutions based in England and Wales which recruit people to work abroad, including the Armed Forces, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council and private companies and charitable organisations. It will examine the extent to which such institutions have failed in their duty to protect children abroad by, for example, employing individuals who should not work with children.

We will also investigate how effectively the UK justice system is equipped to address the potential for abuse overseas by those known to authorities in England and Wales as posing a risk to children. Further, we will consider the adequacy of Whitehall responses to reports of institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse in overseas territories.

Investigation press pack

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