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Children in the care of Lambeth Council

An inquiry into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children in the care of Lambeth Council from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Children living in care in residential homes and foster families are amongst the most vulnerable children in society. Allegations of widespread sexual abuse in children’s homes run by Lambeth Council demand a thorough and searching examination of what may have taken place.

In this investigation, the Inquiry will consider the experience of victims and survivors and examine the scale and nature of the abuse that may have taken place under the care of the relevant authorities. We will investigate whether there were child protection failures by the Council, the police, and other public authorities. We will examine the extent to which particular vulnerabilities of any children who were subject to sexual abuse put them at risk and whether this may have shaped how public authorities responded to them.

Alongside the investigations into local authorities in Nottinghamshire and Rochdale, 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:

The public hearing for this investigation took place from 29 June - 10 July and 20 - 31 July 2020.

Preliminary hearings were held on 31 October 2018, 23 July 2019 and 15 January 2020.

The final report in this investigation is being prepared and will be published in due course.

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

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