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Children in the Care of Nottinghamshire Councils

An inquiry into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Councils 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 and exploitation of children who were in the care of Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Council require detailed public scrutiny.

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. It will critically consider how public authorities responded to allegations that children were being sexually abused and will seek to identify any common themes and failings.

Alongside the investigations into local authorities in Lambeth 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 for the investigation:

Individuals and organisations that wished to be designated as a core participant in relation to this investigation were required to submit their application before Friday 21st April 2017.

A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation was held at 10.30 on Thursday 11th May 2017 at the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London. An agenda can be found in our website library.

Applicants should read this definition of scope for the investigation, the guidance for potential core participants and the Inquiry's core participant frequently asked questions document.

Any application submitted after April 2017 will need to be explain why it has been submitted out of time. Delay in submitting an application, without good reason, will be taken into account and may cause an application to be refused. 

The IDRC is a 10 minute walk from Blackfriars Underground station (Circle and District Line) and five minutes from City Thameslink. Directions can location can be found on their website.

The preliminary hearing will be open to the public, however, seating is likely to be limited and therefore it will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis. Attendees should also allow sufficient time to pass through security checks at the venue.

For your security everyone entering the hearing centre must undergo a security search with a hand-held metal detector. If you have any concerns about this please ask to speak to a support worker. For more information about attending a hearing please read this document.

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

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