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Inquiry opens core participant applications for child sexual exploitation by organised networks

6 March 2019

We are today publishing an update note and inviting applications for core participant status in the child sexual exploitation by organised networks investigation.

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in the child sexual exploitation by organised networks investigation are asked to submit their application before 4pm on 27 March 2019

A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation will take place at the Inquiry’s hearing centre at 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW on Thursday 2 May 2019 at 10.30am.

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 update note, and guidance document. 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 Hearings. 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.

Applicants may find it helpful to read our Core Participant FAQs


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