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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 considered the experience of victims and survivors and examined the scale and nature of the abuse that took place under the care of the relevant authorities. We investigated whether there were child protection failures by the Council, the police and other public authorities. We examined the extent to which particular vulnerabilities of any children who were subject to sexual abuse put them at risk and whether this shaped how public authorities responded to them.

Alongside the investigations into local authorities in Nottinghamshire and Rochdale, this investigation has provided 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 concluded July 2020. An investigation report will be published in spring 2021.

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

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