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Two preliminary hearings to be held in September

12 September 2017

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold preliminary hearings in relation to two of its investigations.

The hearings will be held in the International Dispute Resolution Centre, 70 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1EU. The full details of the hearings are:

  • Tuesday 19 September 2017, 10.30 am - first preliminary hearing in relation to the institutional responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation facilitated by the Internet Investigation.

  • Wednesday 20 September 2017, 10.30 am - further preliminary hearing in relation to the inquiry into allegations of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children residing at or attending Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School, and other institutions where their placement was arranged or provided by Rochdale Borough Council.

In the internet  investigation, the Inquiry will review national policies on preventing abuse facilitated by the internet and will consider the appropriateness of the response of the National Crime Agency, its CEOP Command, and the police. The Inquiry will also investigate the policies of internet service providers, providers of online platforms, and other relevant software and communication technology companies relating to child sexual abuse, and consider the adequacy of the existing statutory and regulatory framework applicable to those organisations. The objective of the investigation is to make practical recommendations that minimise the opportunities for abuse facilitated by the internet in the future.

The preliminary hearing into Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale Borough Council will be the final one before the public hearing commences on 9 October 2017

The hearings will discuss the progress of the investigations and give directions.  

Preliminary hearings are not broadcast, but they are open to the press and public and live tweeting (subject to a five minute delay) is allowed.  A transcript of the hearings will be available on our website a few hours later.

Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis.

For information on attending a preliminary hearing please read this document or for more information on preliminary hearings, please read the information note on each of the Investigation pages on our website.

Further dates for preliminary hearings into the Inquiry’s investigations will be announced on our website and on our Twitter feed (@InquiryCSA) in due course.

Information on all preliminary hearings will continue to be posted on our website.


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