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Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale

An inquiry into allegations of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children residing at or attending Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School, and other institutions where their placement was arranged or provided by Rochdale Borough Council.

In recent years, allegations have been made about the sexual abuse and exploitation of children at Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel and Knowl View School in Rochdale. Former Liberal Party MP, Cyril Smith, has been named as one of the alleged abusers.

This investigation will examine these allegations and will consider the extent to which institutional failings may have allowed the sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable children at Cambridge House, Knowl View and elsewhere in Rochdale to take place. It will consider the extent to which children with special needs, disabilities or other vulnerabilities may have been at greater risk of sexual abuse and whether their vulnerabilities impacted upon any failure to take action to protect them.

Alongside the investigations into local authorities in Lambeth and Nottinghamshire Councils, this investigation will provide the Inquiry with a sound basis from which to consider contemporary, national issues concerning the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in care.

Next Steps:

A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation will be held at 10.30 on 20 September 2017 the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London. 

The Inquiry’s public hearings in the Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale Investigation is taking place from 9 - 27 October, with a non-sitting day on 26 October. An agenda for this hearing will be published in advance of this date. 

A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation was held at 10.30 on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London.  An agenda for this hearing can be found in our website library.

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

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