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Applications for core participant status

3 June 2016

We are today inviting applications for core participant status in the Accountability and Reparations investigation.

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to the investigation listed below are asked to submit their application before 1 July 2016:

  • Accountability and Reparations investigation - case studies relating Forde Park Approved School, the Children’s Homes in North Wales, St Leonard’s children’s home, and St Aidan’s & St Vincent’s children’s homes  

A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation will be held at 10.30 on Friday 29 July at the Royal Courts of Justice.

A core participant has a formal role as defined by legislation. Core participants have special rights in the Inquiry process. These include receiving disclosure of documentation, being represented and making legal submissions, suggesting questions and receiving advance notice of the Inquiry’s report. It is not necessary to be a core participant in order to provide evidence to the Inquiry.

Applicants should read the description of scope of case studies, the guidance document for potential core participants and the Inquiry's FAQs. In particular applicants should note that applications should be set out in writing on no more than 4 sides of A4 paper and as a minimum should include the information set out at paragraph 14 of the guidance.

It will not be necessary for victims and survivors who attend a Truth Project session to be designated as core participants, as the Inquiry will not make individual factual finding on the basis of what is said during the private Truth Project Sessions. They will however enable the Inquiry to piece together a broader picture of the scale and nature of institutional child sexual abuse in England and Wales.

The Inquiry is not currently accepting applications for core participant status in relation to the Inquiry’s other investigations at this stage. Further information in relation to those investigations will be provided in due course.

Although the Inquiry is not yet requesting evidence from individuals for its investigations, the Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.

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