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The Research and Analysis Project is one of the three core parts of the Inquiry, working alongside the Truth Project and the Public Hearings Project.

The Research and Analysis Project works across all the Inquiry’s 13 investigations.

What does the Research and Analysis Project do?

The Research and Analysis Project has four broad functions:

  1. Brings together in one place what is already known about child sexual abuse and finds out the gaps in our knowledge. We do this by reviewing published academic studies and consulting experts in the field. This helps to make sure the Inquiry is asking the right questions of the institutions it is investigating.
  2. Carrying out new research. Some of this research involves looking at information held by institutions, and some involves talking directly to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and their families, people who work in institutions and people who have a role in safeguarding children and/or supporting victims and survivors, to find out their views and experiences.
  3. Analysing the information that the Inquiry receives through the Truth Project. Anyone who comes forward to the Truth Project can decide whether they are willing for their information to be used for research.
  4. Quality assuring internal Inquiry data so that its use can be supported.

Looking at detailed information about people’s experiences will help the Inquiry understand how and why institutions have failed to safeguard children from child sexual abuse, or to respond in the right way where abuse has happened. This helps to make sure the investigations, and any recommendations the Inquiry makes, have considered the experience of people affected by child sexual abuse.

For the latest programme of research and analysis work for 2017/18 please see the Inquiry Review document.

Through the Research and Analysis Project, the Inquiry can leave a legacy of better knowledge and understanding about the scale of child sexual abuse, the experiences of victims and survivors, how and why institutions have failed to protect children, and what works in protecting children from harm and in supporting victims and survivors.

Ethics and governance

The IICSA Research Code of Ethics sets out the ethical standards required and the processes to be followed when undertaking research for or within IICSA.

The Inquiry’s Research Ethics Committee ensures the Inquiry meets this commitment to ethical research. The Ethics Committee is internal to the Inquiry, but independent of of those commissioning and delivering its research.

As outlined in this guidance all research undertaken by or on behalf of the IICSA must be approved by the IICSA Research Ethics Committee prior to commencement. To gain approval, all research projects must complete an Ethical Approval Form.

The Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel works with research, giving us advice on the research questions we are asking and how we are asking them.

How to find out more

Members of the Research Team regularly attend conferences and present on our work. Look out for announcements on our website and Twitter feed.

Reports produced by the Research Project will be made freely available to read here, and in each investigation section.

From time to time, the Inquiry will partner with academic and other organisations with expertise in child sexual abuse to deliver some of its research. Any opportunities will be advertised in the news section and on the Government Contracts Finder website.

To email the Research team directly, contact us at


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