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Core participant applications invited for next phase of Residential Schools investigation

25 September 2019

The Inquiry has today (September 25) published an update note inviting applications for core participant status in the next phase of the Residential Schools investigation.

Phase one of the investigation is examining child sexual abuse in schools which have closed or are under new management, special schools and music schools. A public hearing in this phase is taking place from 30 September- 11 October 2019.

The next phase is a thematic investigation of the schools’ sector, including both residential and day schools. The issues currently being considered by the Inquiry are:

  • Governance and management.

  • Inspection and monitoring.

  • Recruitment and termination of employment.

  • Whistleblowing and reporting.

  • The culture of schools in respect of safeguarding.

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to this phase of the Residential Schools investigation are asked to submit their application by 4pm on Friday 18 October.

A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation will be held at 14.00 on Tuesday 14 January 2020 at the Inquiry’s hearing centre in Pocock Street, London.

The full public hearing will take place in 2020. The dates of the hearing will be announced when the Inquiry publishes its 2020 hearing programme in the next few weeks.

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 guidance document for potential core participants and 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 findings 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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