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Investigations

The Inquiry has launched 13 investigations into a broad range of institutions identified on the basis of the Panel’s criteria for selection of investigations. The investigations will 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 and hearings will be held during the course of most, if not all, of the investigations.

Each investigation will conclude with a report that will set out the Inquiry’s conclusions on institutional failings and identify practical recommendations for change.

These 13 investigations constitute the first phase of the Inquiry’s work and further investigations will be announced as the Inquiry progresses.

Case Studies

As many of our Investigations cover large subject areas, we may divide some into case studies focusing on smaller sections of the topic. A case study may, for example, have its own dedicated hearing and will feed into the wider investigation of which it is a part.

More information on how case studies are managed in each can be found on the individual Investigation pages in this section of the website.

Next steps for the investigations:

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to the Children in Custodial Institutions investigation are asked to submit their applications before 27 November 2017.

Applicants should read the guidance for potential core participants and the Inquiry's FAQs

At this stage, the Inquiry is not inviting applications for core participant status in respect of the investigation involving Medomsley. While the Inquiry is anxious to conduct its investigation promptly, it cannot progress this currently due to potential criminal proceedings. 

A preliminary hearing in relation to the Children in Custodial Institutions investigation will be scheduled to take place on 1 February 2018 at the Inquiry's hearing centre at 18 Pocock Street, London, SE1 0BW.

Next hearings currently scheduled to take place are as follows:

  • Public Hearing 27 November to 15 December 2017 - The Roman Cathold Church investigation, Case Study into the English Benedictine Congregation. 

Further details of the location and timing of these hearings are available on the relevant investigation page.

The Inquiry has already invited applications for Core Participant status and has held one or more preliminary hearings in relation to the following nine investigations:

  • Accountability and Reparations
  • The Roman Catholic Church
  • Children Outside the UK
  • Institutional Responses to Allegations Concerning Lord Janner
  • The Anglican Church
  • Lambeth Council
  • Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale
  • Nottinghamshire Councils
  • Westminster investigation

In addition, we have already opened the application window for the Westminster Investigation.  All individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to this investigation are asked to submit their application by 4pm on 27 October 2017. The preliminary hearing for this investigation will be held on 31 January 2017.

Although the Inquiry is not yet requesting evidence from individuals for its investigations, the Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.

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