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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Child Migration Programmes Investigation Report

How should child migration institutions in England and Wales have responded to allegations or evidence of sexual abuse, during the migration era?

31. There is much less evidence to assist us on this issue. The number of allegations of sexual abuse that were actually reported to institutions based in England and Wales during the migration era was small (but we consider that sexual abuse was very likely to have been significantly under-reported). However, we consider that we have enough evidence about what responses there were, and the wider context, to assess whether they were adequate or not. We also consider that the highly-specific context of the child migration schemes would likely make any generic expert evidence about the general institutional responses to allegations or evidence of sexual abuse during this period of limited assistance.

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