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Applications for core participant status for Children outside the UK investigation

13 March 2018

We are today publishing an Update Note and inviting applications for core participant status in the following case study:

  • Children Outside the United Kingdom - Case Study examining the civil framework for the prevention of, and notification to foreign authorities of, foreign travel by individuals known to the UK authorities as posing a risk to children.  This framework includes Foreign Travel Orders; Risk of Sexual Harm Orders; Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders.

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to this case study are asked to submit their application before 4pm on 16 April 2018.

The Inquiry will hold a preliminary hearing in relation to this Case Study and details of timing and venue will be published on the Inquiry’s website.

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 Investigation Update Note which contains a description of the scope of this case study, 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.

When each of the remaining investigations are in a position to invite applications for Core Participant status and hold preliminary hearings, the Inquiry will make announcements here.

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

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