14 August 2019 – IICSA
The inquiry has published an update note and is now inviting applications for Core Participant status in the next phase of the Accountability & Reparations investigation.
Phase one of the investigation scrutinised the experience of victims and survivors of sexual abuse at five institutions: Forde Park Approved School, Stanhope Castle Approved School, St Leonard’s children’s home, North Wales children’s homes and St Aidan’s and St Vincent’s. The body examined the extent to which current mechanisms for support and compensation help or hinder the satisfaction of the right to truth, accountability, compensation, and guarantees of non-recurrence.
The Panel is currently producing a report on the case studies, in order to propose recommendations to the systems of civil justice, criminal compensation and support.
The next phase of the investigation will examine in more detail two important issues that emerged during the investigation of the five institutions (case studies):
1. Whether the law of limitation should be reformed to make it easier for victims and survivors to bring claims in respect of non-recent child sexual abuse.
2. The potential for a redress scheme to offer accountability and reparations to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
Individuals and organisations that wish to be designated as a core participant in relation to this phase of the Accountability & Reparations investigation are asked to submit their application by 4pm on 11.09.2019.
A preliminary hearing in this investigation will take place on 16.10.2019 at the Inquiry’s hearing centre at 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW. The Inquiry will hold a public three day hearing in this investigation, commencing on 26.11.2019. Further details will be published on our website.
The Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.