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Inquiry opens core participant applications for the Sexual Abuse of Children in Custodial Institutions investigation

23 October 2017
Update note published and CP applications invited in the Children in Custodial Institutions investigation

We are today publishing an update note and inviting applications for core participant status in the Children in Custodial Institutions investigation.

The Inquiry will investigate the nature and extent of, and institutional responses to, the sexual abuse of children in custodial institutions, including Secure Children’s Homes, Secure Training Centres, Youth Offender Institutions, and their precursor institutions (‘custodial institutions’).

The investigation shall incorporate case specific investigations and a review of information available from published and unpublished reports and reviews, court cases, and previous investigations in relation to the abuse of children in custodial institutions.

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to the Children in Custodial Institutions investigation are asked to submit their application by 4pm on 27 November 2017.

A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation will be scheduled to take place at the Inquiry’s hearing centre at 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW on 1 February  2018. 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.

The full scope of the investigation can be found on our website

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.

The Inquiry is not currently accepting applications for core participant status in relation to the Inquiry’s other investigations at this stage. Further information in relation to those investigations will be provided on our website.

Although the Inquiry is not yet requesting evidence from individuals for its investigations, the Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.

Applicants should read the guidance for potential core participants and the Core Participant FAQs

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