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The Inquiry’s investigative work underpins the public hearings, which have now finished. The last public hearing was held in December 2020.

Each investigation concludes with a report that sets out the Inquiry’s conclusions on institutional failings and identifies practical recommendations for change. These will continue to be published into 2022. Please note: Due to its thematic nature, the Effective leadership of child protection investigation will feed into the Inquiry’s Final Report and will not be published as a separate investigation report.

Public hearings

The public hearings into our 15 investigations have now ended. The Inquiry heard evidence from 648 witnesses in person. Of those, 94 witnesses gave evidence as victims and survivors. It held 323 days of public hearings. During the hearings, 24,565 documents totalling over 590,000 pages were disclosed.

  • 323 Days

    of hearings completed

  • 648 Witnesses

    including 94 victims and survivors

  • 24,565 Documents disclosed

    made up of 590,000 individual pages of evidence


Investigation reports

Each public hearing concludes with a report that sets out the Inquiry's conclusions on institutional failures.

Public Hearings - Hearing Room


The Chair and Panel make recommendations, which arise directly from their findings, to better protect children from sexual abuse. These recommendations are published as part of the conclusions in investigation reports.

Chair and Panel Hearing Centre 1

All investigations

Public hearings into the Inquiry's 15 investigations have now finished, but investigation reports will continue to be published into 2022, with the Final Report to follow.

Public Hearings - Hearing Room


An historical timetable listing each public hearing date is available on our website. The last public hearing was held in December 2020.

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