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Inquiry into Institutional Response to Childhood Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

This Inquiry is in the process of investigating whether public bodies and other non-state institutions in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse, and make meaningful recommendations for change in the future.

The Inquiry will investigate a wide range of institutions including:

  • local authorities
  • the police
  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • the Immigration Service
  • the BBC
  • the armed forces
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • children's homes
  • churches, mosques and other religious organisations
  • charities and voluntary organisations
  • regulators and
  • other public and private institutions.

In addition, there is a Truth Project  where you can give testimony to your personal experience as a victim.

IICSA will also examine allegations of child sexual abuse involving well known people, including people in the media, politics, and other aspects of public life. More information about what IICSA have been asked to investigate is on their website which explains the scope of the work and the principles IICSA must follow.

The Inquiry is an independent statutory inquiry and covers England and Wales. Being independent means the Inquiry is not part of government and not run by a government department. Being statutory means the Inquiry was set up under the Inquiries Act 2005 and has the power to compel witnesses to give evidence.

IICSA Confidentiality/Safeguarding

IICSA state that:

Everything you tell IICSA and anything you send IICSA will be held securely. They state that your name will never be published or made public and that you can also change your mind about how your information will be used at any point before IICSA reports are published.

Passing Information to the Police or Other Authorities

Whilst IICSA say that they will pass on your contact details to the police if you agree for IICSA to do so; they also say that IICSA may have to pass on your details without your agreement to the police or other relevant authorities if IICSA believe there is a child protection concern or someone is at risk of serious harm.

Contact details for IICSA

  • IICSA Website
  • Information Line: 0800 917 1000 between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday (closed on Bank Holidays)
  • Email:
  • Write to: Freepost IICSA Independent Inquiry