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Victims & Survivors

This section of the Inquiry website is specifically for victims and survivors. You have a voice and you deserve to be heard. Your voice is also vital to our work. We want to hear from you if an organisation failed to protect you from abuse, or failed to respond appropriately to allegations (find out more about what we mean by 'an organisation' in How to share your experience). Once we understand what happened in the past, we can take steps to better protect children from sexual abuse in the future.

We understand that talking about, or even thinking about, what happened to you as a child can be difficult. We will provide support while you engage with the Truth Project.

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The Truth Project

The Truth Project is an opportunity for you to share your experience and views with the Inquiry in a safe and confidential setting.

Many victims and survivors have already taken part in the Truth Project and some of their experiences have been anonymised and summarised in the Inquiry's first publication to help better understand the scale, scope and nature of child sexual abuse.

Why share your experience?

When children go to an organisation such as a school or a church, or if they attend a club, or even stay at a detention centre, we should be confident that they'll be safe. If a child tells someone in authority – such as a social worker, teacher or police officer – that they have been abused at home, we should be confident that this will be acted on and the child protected.

This Inquiry wants to find out why this didn’t happen for so many children in the past. We want to understand how and why children were failed and we want to make strong recommendations on how they can be better protected in the future.

We need to learn from your experience. You can help us understand how to keep children safe. Your voice is central to our Inquiry and your insights can help guide us forward to finding a better way to protect children.

By sharing your experience and your opinions, you can make a difference to the lives of future generations and have a positive impact in changes to child protection policies.

Safe and secure

Everyone working for this Inquiry wants to make children safer. We also want to support you by giving you a safe place where you can speak freely about how you were failed as a child.

When you contact us, you can be confident that you'll be listened to with compassion and not judged. Your private information will be treated with the highest levels of security and sensitivity.

Victims & Survivors Consultative Panel

The Victims and Survivors' Consultative Panel is a key part of the Inquiry. Its role is to provide consultative advice on: communications, engagement, research, child sexual abuse evidence, direction of workstreams and future recommendations. The Panel members are appointed in their individual capacity as self-identified victims and survivors whose experience, knowledge and abilities provide insight and expertise to the Inquiry. They work to ensure that the needs and perspectives of victims and survivors are reflected in the Inquiry’s on-going work. The Panel members have all spent many years supporting adult survivors of child sexual abuse and striving for survivors to be heard.

Find out more about the panel.

How to share your experience

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to tell us what happened to you. You can choose to share your experience with us in writing, or you can speak to us in person. If you'd like to speak to us, we'll arrange for you to speak in private and in confidence with one of our trained facilitators. All you have to do is give us your contact details plus some additional information and we'll be in touch to guide you through the process.

When you are ready, find out how to share your experience

Contact us

If you wish to ask a question about the Inquiry or if you have information to support our investigations please get in touch:

We aim to respond to all calls, emails and letters within 15 working days.

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