Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was set up in the wake of some serious high profile instances of non-recent child sexual abuse and because the government had some very grave concerns that some organisations were failing and were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse.
Their remit is wide ranging, but as a statutory inquiry they have unique authority to compel both witnesses and any material they feel is necessary in order to investigate where institutions have let children down in the past.
Through their investigations and public hearings they are examining what went wrong and why.
The findings they make and the evidence they gather will inform their recommendations to help better protect children in the future.
The Inquiry is guided by three principles.
Three Core Projects
The Truth Project allows victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences with the Inquiry. Those who wish to take part can attend a private session at one of their offices across England or Wales to share their experience with a member of the Inquiry.
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. It carries out new research. Including analyzing the information that the Inquiry receives through the Truth Project.
Public Hearings Project
The Public Hearings Project resembles a conventional public inquiry, where witnesses give evidence on oath and are subject to cross examination. The Inquiry is selecting case studies from a range of institutions that appear to illustrate a pattern of institutional failings.