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The Sexual Abuse of Children in Custodial Institutions

An inquiry into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation while in custodial institutions.

Children in detention are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse, but very little is known about their experiences or the extent to which institutions in England and Wales have discharged their duty of care to protect them.

This investigation will examine the nature and scale of child sexual abuse within the secure estate for children and young people. The Inquiry has identified Medomsley Youth Detention Centre, County Durham, as the first case study in the investigation. The apparent scale of abuse at Medomsley demands a rigorous inquiry into how multiple allegations, if true, could have gone uninvestigated and the offending undetected for so long. In addition to the Medomsley example, the Inquiry will consider the extent to which other custodial institutions may have allowed similar abuse to take place.

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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 this investigation at this stage, the Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.

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