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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse in the context of religious institutions

Ethics

All social research conducted or commissioned by the Inquiry is subject to approval from the Inquiry’s Research Ethics Committee. The Truth Project research is subject to rigorous ethical scrutiny as the data collected are highly personal and sensitive. In order to safeguard these data, each component of the research process was reviewed in line with strict ethical standards by the Inquiry’s Research Ethics Committee. For example, the wording of the ‘consent for research’ statement that Truth Project participants are presented with was discussed and agreed with the Research Ethics Committee. Ethical approval was obtained prior to the collection and analysis of the data.

Information is only included where Truth Project participants have agreed to their accounts being used for research purposes. All information analysed for this report was anonymised prior to analysis and all identifying information has been removed.

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