Clarification has now been received concerning phase two of IICSA’s investigation into the nature and extent of, and institutional response to, child sexual abuse in residential schools, including schools in the state and independent sectors and school for children with disabilities and/or special educational needs.
IICSA has this week invited applications from individuals and organisations who wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to phase two. The deadline for applications for core participant status is Friday 18 October 2019 with Phase two hearings to take place in 2020. A preliminary hearing will be held on 14 January 2020.
Phase two will be a thematic/issue based investigation of the schools’ sector relating to both day schools and residential schools. Headlands school in Bridlington, Hillside First School in Worle and Clifton College in Bristol will be specifically considered as part of the phase.
The themes currently being considered by the Inquiry are governance and management, inspection and monitoring, recruitment and termination of employment, whistle-blowing and reporting, and the culture of schools in respect of safeguarding.
In considering these themes, the Inquiry intends to call evidence from a number of institutions and experts.
David Milton, Partner, BLM