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Further to our blog on 6 February 2018, we provide additional updates from IICSA following their publication on 15 February 2018.
Key Updates from the Inquiry
Additional Updates from the Inquiry as of 15 February 2018
Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale
Public hearings were held from 9-27 October 2017. Evidence from the hearings is available online.
A report will be published in Spring 2018.
Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks
The Inquiry is not accepting applications for core participant status or requesting evidence currently.
The Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.
Accountability and Reparations
Public hearings will be taking place 26 November – 13 December 2018.
Preliminary hearings will be held in the coming months, ahead of the three weeks of public hearings.
Children in Custodial Institutions
The first preliminary hearing took place on 1 February 2018.
Key issues for this investigation include: prevalence and culture issues, response issues, safeguarding systems and recommendations.
The Inquiry received 4 applications for designation as a core participant. The Chair granted applications to the MoJ, the SoS for Education and Metropolitan Police. One reapplication was heard during the preliminary hearing.
Public hearings to be held 9 July 2018 for approximately 2 weeks.
A week of public hearings was held from 22-26 January 2018.
There will be further invitations for core participant applications arising from other aspects of the investigation.
Investigation into the Institutional Responses to Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC
April 2017 the Inquiry published a Notice of Determination and revised the scope of this investigation. No preliminary hearing for oral submissions to be held.
No other significant updates.
Further preliminary hearings in this investigation will be held in due course.
Children in the Care of Nottinghamshire Councils
Second preliminary hearing held on 31 January 2018.
There are 90 core participants including 83 of who are individuals who allege that they were sexually abused whilst in the care of Nottinghamshire Councils.
Public hearings to be held in October 2018.
From the list of 31 homes/thematic case studies, the four proposed are:
1. Beechwood – institutional responses to disclosures of non-recent child sexual abuse or to contemporaneous and recent disclosures of allegations of sexual abuse by Andris Logins care workers at Beechwood in the 1980s;
2. Foster care – institutional responses to disclosure of allegations by children placed in foster care in Nottinghamshire;
3. Peer on peer abuse – institutional responses to disclosures of allegations of peer on peer abuse in residential children’s homes;
4. Wollaton House – institutional responses to disclosures of allegations of child sexual abuse in the home.
The Chair re-emphasised that this investigation along with those into Lambeth Council and Rochdale institutions focuses on the experiences of children in institutions operated or overseen by local authorities.
Public hearings starting on 1 October 2018.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church
The first public hearing in relation to the Chichester Dicoese case study will commence for 3 weeks on 5 March 2018.
Further public hearings relating to Peter Ball and the wider Anglican Church to be scheduled.
Further public hearings relating to Peter Ball will be heard starting on 23 July 2018 and into the wider Anglican Church in 2019.
Child Sexual Abuse in Residential Schools
Currently no CPs designated.
No significant updates.
Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse Linked to Westminster
A preliminary hearing was held on 31 January 2018. A number of individuals, including Daniel Janner QC, reapplied for core participant status.
This investigation will focus on the way Westminster institutions dealt with and responded to allegations. The Inquiry will not review recent high-profile police investigations but simply attempt to bring together as many of the basic facts related to these issues as possible.
The Inquiry have confirmed they do not anticipate this investigation to make any findings as to whether high profile politicians such as Edward Heath or Cyril Smith did or did not commit acts of child sexual abuse of which they have been accused.
Discussion on the possible scope of this investigation could include the following areas:
2. Improper influence on prosecutors;
3. Inappropriate reactions from party leaders to warnings;
4. What did various Whips Offices do;
5. How did the ‘honours system’ secretariat react to allegations;
6. What was the Paedophile Information Exchange and did it have influence in Westminster.
Further preliminary hearings will be held before the public hearings. Dates will be announced on the Inquiry’s website.
Three weeks of public hearings will take place on 4 March 2019.
Submissions from core participants on scope are due mid-March.
Protection of Children Outside the UK
The Panel’s report into the Child Migration Case Study is expected to be published shortly.
Public hearings for other aspects of this investigation will commence on 11 February 2019.
Children in the Care of Lambeth Council
No significant updates.
An update will be provided in the Inquiry’s Interim Report.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church
Further public hearings relating to the Archdiocese of Birmingham case study will take place from 12-16 November 2018.
Public hearings relating to the Ealing Abbey case study will commence on 4 February 2019.