Further IICSA progress

The report in the Roman Catholic investigation – Archdiocese of Birmingham case study will be published today.  IICSA has meanwhile announced a number of new dates and further research.

Public hearings

Religious organisations and settings – a two week hearing will commence on 16 March 2020.

All public hearings will have concluded by November 2020.


IICSA has undertaken research in connection with various investigations and themes. It has now announced a new research project focused on understanding how abuse impacts different communities, in particular in the case of this project black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. In undertaking this research IICSA hopes to find out about:

  • barriers to disclosure and reporting of child sexual abuse in BAME communities in England and Wales.
  • the nature of support victims and survivors in these communities receive in relation to child sexual abuse.
  • the views of individuals from BAME communities on, and experiences of, interactions with institutions in relation to child sexual abuse (for example, education, support services, police).

The project will include a literature review, focus groups held within a small number of case study areas in England & Wales and some one to one interviews. The field work will be undertaken in autumn 2019 and the research report will be published in autumn 2020.

jefferson_p_web Paula Jefferson, Partner, BLM