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Child protection in religious organisations and settings

The investigation is thematic and will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions that have a significant presence in England and Wales.

Religions with a significant presence in England and Wales including non conformist Christian denominations, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism will fall under the remit of this investigation.

Religious settings such as mosques, synagogues, churches and temples are in scope. Places of faith tuition such as Muslim madrassahs and Christian Sunday schools and places where children and young people gather in connection with their religious beliefs, including youth groups and camps will also be  investigated by the Inquiry.


Next Steps:

A two week public hearing in this investigation began on 16 March 2020 but was suspended after one day due to government advice on Covid-19. The Inquiry reconvened the two-week hearing on the 11 May via video conference.

Additional hearing days are scheduled to take place in August 2020. 

Preliminary hearings in this investigation took place on 23 July 2019 and 14 January 2020.

The Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience via our Truth Project.

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