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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Child protection in religious organisations and settings Investigation Report

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A.5: Terminology

16. In this report, we use the following key terms:

  • ‘Religious organisation or setting’, which includes:
    • places where people gather to bear witness or share collectively in their religious faith (eg mosques, temples, festivals and group prayers);
    • places of tuition regarding faith, tradition or cultural matters related to religious observance or faith, such as preparation for rites of passage (eg Jewish yeshivas and chadarim, Muslim madrasahs, Christian Sunday schools) or where the religious organisation provides supplementary tuition for children as part of its provision for the religious community; and
    • places where children and young people gather in social or leisure settings organised by a religious body, or where children are part of a particular religious organisation or community (eg youth groups, camps, sports clubs).[1]
  • ‘Child protection’ rather than ‘safeguarding’, to reflect our focus on how to minimise the risks of potential abusers gaining access to children, and how organisations actively take steps to promote good practice in keeping children safe from harm. It also recognises that ‘safeguarding’ has attracted some negative associations because of its use in fields such as counter-extremism.
  • ‘Complainants’, to refer to those who have made allegations of child sexual abuse and those allegations have not been proven by way of criminal conviction, civil findings or findings in the context of disciplinary proceedings.
  • ‘Victims and survivors’, to refer to those who have made allegations of child sexual abuse and those allegations have been proven by way of criminal conviction, civil findings or findings in the context of disciplinary proceedings.

17. A full glossary of terms used in this report has been included in Annex 2.

References

Footnotes

  1. The Inquiry has not examined teaching that takes place in full-time schools run by religious organisations (whether funded by the state or independently, tuition provided at home by parents pursuant to section 7 of the Education Act 1996), or voluntary youth provision that may take place in a religious setting but is not connected to it (ie youth groups using religious buildings but not associated with that religion).
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