IICSA investigation progress

Today is Purple Friday, the aim of which is to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. The IICSA is progressing its investigations and by doing so is constantly raising awareness. Its investigations are now gathering pace and will continue to do so over the next few months in particular with further hearings.

The latest update on these is as follows:

Investigation Latest position
The Internet Core participant applications were invited to be submitted by 28 July. They were just in connection with “the adequacy of the response of law enforcement agencies to child sexual abuse facilitated by the internet.” A preliminary hearing will proceed on 19 September.In this investigation, the Inquiry will review national policies on preventing abuse facilitated by the internet and will consider the appropriateness of the response of the National Crime Agency, its CEOP Command, and the police. The Inquiry will also investigate the policies of internet service providers, providers of online platforms, and other relevant software and communication technology companies relating to child sexual abuse, and consider the adequacy of the existing statutory and regulatory framework applicable to those organisations. The objective of the investigation is to make practical recommendations that minimise the opportunities for abuse facilitated by the internet in the future.
Rochdale etc This will be the second investigation to hold full evidential hearings. A further preliminary hearing will be held on 20 September followed by full evidential hearings from 9 October 2017.
Anglican A further preliminary hearing will proceed in early October 2017.
Westminster Applications for core participant status are to be submitted by 27 October. A preliminary hearing will proceed in January 2018. A revised definition of scope and update note have been published. The latter explains that whilst the subject matter of this investigation remains pertinent to the work of the Inquiry it is intended that the Inquiry will be reviewing, collating and aggregating the work of previous investigations, some of which may not be in the public domain so that at the public hearing there can be a focus on issues not already considered by others. The original definition of scope included consideration of the part played by the media in reporting of allegations. That has now been removed from this investigation. How the role of the media is to be considered will be confirmed separately.
Roman Catholic Full evidential hearings will proceed in connection with the English Benedictine Congregation from 27 November – 15 December 2017, starting with focus on Ampleforth and Downside.
Nottinghamshire The first preliminary hearing considered amendments to the scope of this investigation and noted that a decision about specific case studies and a substantive timetable will be made later this year. This is still awaited.
Children Overseas The Child Migration Case Study heard further evidence from 10 – 21 July 2017. The report in this case study is due to be published later this year.
Accountability & Reparation There have been no formal developments
Lord Janner There have been no formal developments
Children in Custody There have been no formal developments
Lambeth There have been no formal developments
Residential Schools There have been no formal developments
Child Sexual Exploitation There have been no formal developments


Written by Paula Jefferson, partner at BLM

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