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Residential Schools investigation opens for core participants

5 October 2018

Applications for core participant status are being invited in phase one of the Inquiry’s Residential Schools investigation

Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to phase one of the Residential Schools investigation are asked to submit their application before 4pm on Friday 9 November 2018.

A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation will be held at 10.00am on Wednesday 16 January at the Inquiry’s hearing centre in Pocock Street London.

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 description of scope, the Update Note published by the Inquiry in relation to phase one of the investigation, the guidance document for potential core participants and the Inquiry's 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.

The Inquiry will publish further information on phase two of the Residential Schools investigation on the Inquiry’s website in due course.

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