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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Child protection in religious organisations and settings Investigation Report


G.1: Introduction

1. While religious organisations provide extensive educational, social and leisure provision for hundreds of thousands of children and young people, there is little formal oversight of their management of child protection, unless they provide nursery, early years provision or full-time schooling facilities or formal social care services (such as fostering or adoption services, or run respite care centres or provide domiciliary care services). In this Part, we examine the external and internal oversight (including through audits) that seeks to ensure the safety of children while in religious settings. We also consider the views of religious organisations about compulsory (or mandatory) reporting of child abuse allegations.

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