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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Roman Catholic Church Case Study: Archdiocese of Birmingham Investigation Report

A.3: Procedure adopted by the Inquiry

14. The procedure adopted by the Inquiry is set out in Annex 1 to this report. Core participant status was granted under Rule 5 of the Inquiry Rules 2006 to 13 victims and survivors and seven institutions and other interested parties. The Inquiry held several preliminary hearings between July 2016 and September 2018, and then substantive public hearings over six days between 12 and 16 November 2018 and on 13 December 2018.

15. The Inquiry received evidence from a number of sources. It heard accounts given by complainant core participants, including those whose statements were read or published. The complainant core participants provided the Inquiry with compelling accounts of the sexual abuse they suffered and the long-lasting effects that sexual abuse had on them. On behalf of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Inquiry heard evidence from Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Bernard Longley, as well as the safeguarding coordinator, Jane Jones. The Inquiry also heard evidence from the former directors of COPCA and CSAS, Eileen Shearer and Adrian Child.

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