Child abuse inquiries

There are a number of inquiries going on into non-recent child abuse in the UK. Find out more about the major ones below.

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England and Wales – The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), has been set up to investigate the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales. IICSA was established by the Home Secretary on Thursday 12 March 2015 as a statutory inquiry under the 2005 Inquiries Act.

The Inquiry will make practical recommendations to ensure that children are given the care and protection they need.

Victims and survivors can share their experiences, so that IICSA can make recommendations that will help prevent the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the future. This part of their work is called the Truth Project: Share Your Experience


The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

This inquiry was set up to investigate the nature and extent of abuse of children whilst in care in Scotland, during the relevant time frame.

On 26 March 2016 the Inquiry launched its first formal call for evidence, inviting survivors of abuse to come forward and share their experiences.

Lady Smith, the Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “I would encourage anyone who is able to provide information about such abuse or about the places where it occurred or about those responsible for them, whether as victim, witness or otherwise, to come forward. Talk to us. We want to hear from you.”

Northern Ireland

The Hart Inquiry, Northern Ireland

The Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995, Chaired by Antony Hart, listened to the experiences of those who were children in residential institutions (other than schools) in Northern Ireland.

The Hart inquiry report is available here Hart inquiry A compensation scheme for survivors of child abuse in children’s homes across Northern Ireland could result in £97 million being awarded in redress to survivors. The NI Executive Office website will have details. NI Executive Office


The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry investigated the abuse of children in Jersey’s care system over many years. The inquiry heard final submissions from Interested Parties. Transcripts and the findings were published on Monday, 3 July, 2017.

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