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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

1 Feb 2019

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up because of serious concerns that some organisations had failed and were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse. Their website is here. 

September 2018 - Mandatory Reporting Seminars

IICSA's first seminar on mandatory reporting took place in September 2018. It looked at existing obligations to report child sexual abuse in England and Wales, and at the experiences of other countries where mandatory reporting legislation exists, and any impact these laws may have had on preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. The seminar transcript can be downloaded here. 

A second seminar will be held in April 2019, at which the Inquiry will consider the arguments for and against the introduction of mandatory reporting legislation in England and Wales, and the practical considerations involved in introducing such a law. Further information will be on this page of their website.

June 2018 - Experiences Shared

These are some of the experiences of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project. All names and identifying details have been changed.

125 accounts shared with the Inquiry’s Truth Project, including 31 new experiences detailing the abuse and failures by institutions including schools, the RAF, Scouts and the World War Two evacuation scheme are available to read here.

April 2018 - Interim Report

IICSA published its Interim Report

"The report brings together themes emerging from the five public hearings we have held over the past 18 months and our analysis of existing research and seminar discussions. Over 1,000 victims and survivors have now participated in the Truth Project. The Interim Report provides a clear account of the Inquiry's work so far and the themes already emerging. It includes recommendations for specific changes which will help to better protect children from sexual abuse."
Professor Alexis Jay OBE, Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Read RCEW's comments on the report here

February 2018 - Rapid Evidence Assessment

CWASU (Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit) produced a rapid evidence assessment for IICSA - 'Deflection, denial and disbelief: social and political discourses about child sexual abuse and their influence on institutional responses'.

Click here to read the report

October 2017 - Victim and Survivor Voices from the IICSA Truth Project

IICSA published the report, 'Victim and survivor voices from the Truth Project' which drew together statistical data from Truth Project sessions that took place between June 2016 and June 2017.

Read the report here