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Inquiry to hold final public hearing into Effective Leadership of Child Protection

3 December 2020

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold its final public hearing into Effective Leadership of Child Protection from 7-11 December.

The week-long hearing will focus on the critical issue of leadership in protecting children and responding to child sexual abuse, building on the evidence heard in the Inquiry’s 14 other investigations.

Evidence will cover wider themes across education, local government, criminal justice and voluntary organisations, such as the Scout Association and the Football Association.

Witnesses include victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, safeguarding experts, government officials and charity executives.

The investigation will examine themes such as ensuring organisations are safe, open and transparent, responding effectively to concerns and learning from past failures. It does not seek to assess the leadership of individual institutions.

The hearing will begin at 10:30am on Monday and 10.00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It will be held virtually using Zoom video conferencing and live streamed on the Inquiry’s website. The timetable is available here.

This hearing will mark the conclusion of the Inquiry’s programme of public hearings after four years and more than 300 days of hearings.

Clips of evidence given by complainants, victims and survivors across our 15 investigations will be played on the final day to commemorate their hugely important contribution.

Findings made in this investigation will feed into the Inquiry’s Final Report, due to be published in 2022.

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