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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 Project 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:

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

Details of any further preliminary hearings in relation to these investigations will be announced in due course. 

When each of the remaining investigations are in a position to invite applications for Core Participant status and hold preliminary hearings, the Inquiry will make announcements here.

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

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