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Accountability and Reparations for Victims and Survivors of Abuse

An inquiry into the extent to which existing support services and available legal processes effectively deliver reparations to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

This investigation focuses on the support services and legal remedies available to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. It responds to multiple reports of inadequate support services, obstructive insurance companies and a civil justice system that may not deliver genuine reparation. We will also examine the adequacy of other compensation schemes, including awards made following conviction in criminal proceedings and awards by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Amongst the case studies in this investigation, we will examine the experience of victims and survivors of sexual abuse at Forde Park Approved School and at care homes in North Wales. We will examine the extent to which current mechanisms for support and compensation help or hinder the satisfaction of the right to truth, accountability, compensation, and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Next Steps:

The public hearing into the first phase of this investigation concluded on 15 January 2019. A report into this phase was published on 19 September and is available to read here.

A further three day public hearing into phase two of this investigation took place on 26-28 November 2019. An additional special sitting day was also held on 5 February 2019. Recommendations made in this report can be found here.

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

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