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Inquiry opens core participant applications for Westminster investigation

30 August 2017

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

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to the Westminster investigation are asked to submit their application by 4pm on 27 October 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 in January 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.

Applicants should read the revised defintion of scope, 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.

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.

Applicants may find it helpful to read our Core Participant FAQs

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 via our Truth Project

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