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Child Sexual Abuse in Residential Schools - summary

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An inquiry into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in residential schools.

In the past five years, the number of criminal convictions for child sexual abuse by school staff has surged and the Inquiry has received many accounts of sexual abuse that occurred in schools. Children in residential schools are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse as a result of their isolation from their families and carers and the involvement of staff in their intimate personal care.

This investigation will address residential schools in both the state and independent sector because children are vulnerable in residential settings regardless of the school’s status or the means of their parents. The investigation will explore how schools and other agencies respond to allegations of sexual abuse by school staff, and address broad questions of school culture, governance, leadership, training and recruitment.

The Inquiry intends to select case studies for focused investigation that will illuminate these issues. Multiple institutions are implicated in failures of child protection in schools, including local authorities, schools inspectorates and the police, and the investigation will take account of this wide spectrum of responsibility.

Today's hearing

There are no hearings scheduled today.

Next steps for the investigation:

The Inquiry is not accepting applications for core participant status or requesting evidence just yet. We will do so soon and details of how to do this will be set out here. To keep up to date with our progress, hearings and applications, please check this page and News regularly.

Although we are not requesting evidence for our investigations at this stage, the Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.

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