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.
There are no hearings scheduled today.
A further preliminary hearing in the Accountability and Reparations investigation will be held on 28 March 2017 at 10:30am at the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC), in London.
The IDRC is a 10 minute walk from Blackfriars underground station (Circle and District Line) and five minutes from City Thameslink. Directions and location can be found on their website.
The preliminary hearing will be open to the public, however, seating is likely to be limited and therefore it will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis. Attendees should also allow sufficient time to pass through security checks at the venue.
For your security everyone entering the hearing centre must undergo a security search with a hand-held metal detector. If you have any concerns about this please ask to speak to a support worker. For more information about attending a hearing please read this document.
The Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.