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Inquiry to hold public hearing in Children Outside the UK investigation

31 January 2019

The Inquiry will hold a week of public hearings in the Children Outside the UK investigation from 11 February to 15 February.

These will take place daily from 10.00am at the Inquiry’s hearing centre, 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW.

This investigation will examine legal measures designed to protect children outside the UK from sexual abuse by those with links to England and Wales.  

This includes civil orders which seek to prevent those known to be a risk to children from travelling abroad, as well as the power to prosecute UK nationals who have committed sexual offences abroad.

Representatives of various international organisations are due to give evidence, as well as the police, Home Office, National Crime Agency and British Council among others.

Concerns in this area have been highlighted by high profile cases. These include Paul Gadd AKA Gary Glitter, who was convicted of abusing young girls in Vietnam, and Richard Huckle, who was convicted of 71 counts of serious sexual assaults while working in Malaysia.

The timetable will be published on Thursday 7 February on the Inquiry’s website.

 There is a small public gallery and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. A number of spaces will also be reserved for the media. The adjoining media annex will display a ‘live’ stream of the hearing (subject to a three minute delay).

 The public hearings will also be streamed ‘live’ on the Inquiry’s YouTube channel and on our website - Transcripts will be available on the website a few hours after the end of each hearing.

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