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Forum events

Hearing from victims and survivors of child sexual abuse is very important to the Inquiry. Your experiences and opinions are valued and you can make a difference. 

We have made the difficult decision to postpone all Forum events due to the Government's advice on coronavirus (COVID-19). We value your membership and in these challenging times we’re considering different ways to continue our engagement with you. Please keep checking these pages over the coming weeks while we finalise plans for the next few months.

While we're unable to hold face-to-face events at the moment, we'll be giving all Forum members the chance to contribute to our policy and research work through online forms. 

Through the Forum you'll have an opportunity to take part in discussions, share insights and contribute to our work. Your involvement can help us better understand a range of issues such as barriers in reporting abuse. Previously we've held events to discuss culture change, the criminal justice system and access to records.

Register to join the Forum

How to take part in Forum events

Our events are only open to Forum members. If you’re interested in taking part, please register to join the Forum by clicking the button above. 

Before you attend an event, our team will be in touch to give you more information and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also reimburse your travel up to £80.

What happens at a face-to-face event?

We have face-to-face events in different locations across England and Wales. These are held at venues such as meeting rooms and conference centres.

Our events are relaxed and friendly, creating a safe space to have informal discussions. There’ll be up to 24 people in the room with groups of six or eight at each table. You’ll be greeted and shown around by our welcoming team. Group conversations are facilitated by Inquiry staff and we’ll have emotional support staff available all day. There’ll be time for breaks and there's always lots of tea and biscuits! 

What happens at an online event?

Our online events give you an exclusive opportunity to hear our researchers present their findings and new insight. You can easily and securely log in to our live and pre-recorded video events through your laptop, computer or phone to take part and ask questions. Your details are not seen by anyone and any questions you submit are completely anonymous. Each event usually lasts an hour with enough time for you to ask questions or comment on the topic discussed.

How to participate in online forms

One of the ways we'll be involving you in our work is through online engagement. You'll easily be able to share your thoughts and experiences with us anonymously through our online forms. These are sent to you as links in our e-bulletins and you can answer as much or as little as you like. We read every response as your views and opinions help our understanding of issues related to child sexual abuse. Any reports or projects which include contributions from Forum members will be published and shared with you.

Over the next few months we'll also be giving you an exclusive opportunity to ask questions about our latest research, so keep checking our e-bulletins for ways to stay involved with our ongoing work.

Upcoming events and online engagement

Protected characteristics

The policy team is keen to understand how a person’s ‘protected characteristics’ may have affected their experience of child sexual abuse. A list of  ‘protected characteristics’ are set out in the Equality Act 2010. They include: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Any Forum member can share their thoughts and experiences via an online form.

Truth Project data analysis

The research team will talk about the ongoing analysis of Truth Project sessions in an exclusive live-streamed event for Forum members.

Child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities

The research team has carried out research into the views and experiences of child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities and will talk about what it found in a live-streamed event. The team will also be joined by the engagement team who will be discussing their fieldwork talking to ethnic minority communities.

Our past events

Take a look at our past events and find out what was discussed and what we're doing with Forum member's suggestions and feedback.

Join the Forum

By joining the Forum you’ll be able to attend exclusive events, share your experiences and make a real difference.

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