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Inquiry to hold public hearing in Residential Schools investigation

25 September 2019

The Inquiry is holding a public hearing in the Residential Schools investigation from 30 September - 11 October.

This hearing will examine child sexual abuse in residential music and special schools, as well as institutional responses and safeguarding procedures.

Children in residential special schools are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse as a result of their isolation from their families and carers, as well as the involvement of staff in their personal care.

Witnesses in this first phase of the investigation include victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in residential schools, teachers and safeguarding experts.

The first week will focus on residential music schools, with Chetham’s School of Music, Wells Cathedral School, Yehudi Menuhin School and Purcell School set to be examined.

The Inquiry chose to investigate these schools because of the issues arising from their specialist nature, including one-to-one tuition, an intimate atmosphere and an imbalance of power in teacher/pupil relationships.

Residential special schools will be examined in the second week of the hearing, including Appletree School, Southlands School, Stony Dean, Stanbridge Earls and Royal School Manchester.

The Inquiry chose to focus on these schools because the children who attend them are among the most vulnerable in our society and the Inquiry seeks to examine if more action is  needed to safeguard them.

On the first day, a written narrative of child sexual abuse at eight institutions which have since closed will be submitted. This document, referred to as the closed schools narrative, includes accounts from 50 victims and survivors and will provide a historical background to child sexual abuse and institutional failures across the school sector.

The hearing will take place from 10am to 4.15pm at the Inquiry’s hearing centre, 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW.

The timetable for the first week is available on the Inquiry’s website here.

Public hearings are streamed ‘live’ (subject to a three minute delay) on the Inquiry’s YouTube channel and website www.iicsa.org.uk/live. The transcripts will be available on the website a few hours after the end of each hearing day.

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