IICSA’s expenditure for the financial year as of 31 December 2020 is £22,945,197 bringing its total expenditure to just over £159 million since it began in 2015.Continue reading
The Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale investigation exposed how child sexual abuse targeting the most vulnerable of children was allowed to persist for a disturbing length of time. During three weeks of public hearings in 2017, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard of the vulnerability of the children at the council-run Knowl View School and of child sexual abuse spanning a period of 25 years. It found staff complacent and arguably complicit.Continue reading
In this our second blog comparing the recent reports published by IICSA into the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches we look at redress and accountability.
IICSA has reviewed the varying approaches taken with respect to redress across the Anglican Church and Roman Catholic Church, looking at how victims are compensated financially in addition to emotional support and apologies given.Continue reading
On 6 October 2020 the much awaited report detailing the outcome of IICSA’s investigations into whether the Church of England and the Church in Wales had protected children from sexual abuse in the past and the effectiveness of current safeguarding arrangements was published.
The report found that the Church of England had failed to protect children and young people from sexual predators within their ranks.Continue reading
This week IICSA published its investigation report into the Roman Catholic Church (the Church). The report aims to examine the extent of institutional failings by the Church in England and Wales to protect children from child sexual abuse and examine the Church’s current safeguarding regime. The report draws on evidence from the Inquiry’s three case studies and the final public hearing held in October and November 2019.Continue reading
On 14 October, IICSA published a summary of victims and survivors’ views on redress.
The Victims and Survivors Forum (the Forum) is open to all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. It was set up to facilitate IICSA’s engagement with victims and survivors, making it easier to ask questions, offer suggestions, and for IICSA to gather the views of victims and survivors.Continue reading
In August 2020, IICSA published its most recent research report into support services for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
This research report had been commissioned by IICSA in order to gain some insight and clarity into the experience of victims and survivors of child abuse when they try to and/or access support services.
The research and the associated report is the work of the independent research consultants Broome|Gekoski who worked in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire.Continue reading
IICSA has recently published a Truth Project thematic report that focuses on child sexual abuse within sport. The report follows a detailed, qualitative analysis of victim and survivor experiences of child sexual abuse in sport to identify themes and inform future recommendations.
The Windrush Compensation Scheme opened in April 2019 following an outcry over the treatment of British citizens from the Caribbean who faced deportation and the loss of access to public services after being wrongly swept up in an immigration crackdown.
In order for a payment to be made under the scheme, an applicant must first accept the offer made. If an applicant is unhappy with the offer made he/she can request a free internal review. If an applicant still does not agree with the outcome, the applicant can request a further review from the Independent Adjudicator.
Earlier this week the former home secretary, Sajid Javid, commented upon the surge in child sexual abuse which has occurred during the Coronavirus lockdown. He said that he will lead a “no holds barred” inquiry with the Centre for Social Justice think tank to examine organised child sexual exploitation and the abuse of children online.