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Inquiry opens core participant applications for internet investigation

3 September 2018

Applications for core participant status are being invited in our Internet investigation

We are today publishing an update note and inviting applications for Core Participant status in the next phase of the Internet investigation. 

This next phase will investigate the adequacy of: (i) government policy relevant to the protection of children from sexual abuse facilitated by the internet; (ii) the relevant statutory and regulatory framework applicable to internet service providers, providers of online platforms, and other relevant software companies; and, (iii) the response of internet service providers, providers of online platforms, and other relevant software companies to child sexual abuse facilitated by the internet.

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to this phase of the Internet investigation are asked to submit their application by 4pm on 1 October 2018. 

A preliminary hearing in this investigation will take place on 1 November 2018 at the Inquiry's hearing centre at 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW. Further details will be published on our website.

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 investigation update note, 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 finding 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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