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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). 

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 work and ask questions through online events and online forms. Information about upcoming events will be available through monthly e-bulletins. 

Through the Forum you'll have an opportunity to take part in discussions, share your thoughts 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.

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.

Engagement with victims and survivors - reports

Following discussions with members of the Victims and Survivors’ Forum, summary reports have been published on topics including accessing records, protected characteristics and the criminal justice system, to share what we have heard and to demonstrate the impacts of child sexual abuse. 

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