Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Briefing

ON hosted a partners’ briefing and presentation with Alison Michalska the Corporate Director for Adults and Families in Nottingham City Council.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was set up because of serious concerns that some organisations had failed, and were continuing to fail, to protect children from sexual abuse.
The purpose of the inquiry is:
• to consider the extent to which State and non-State institutions have failed in their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
• To consider the extent to which those failings have since been addressed.
• To identify further action needed to address any failings identified.
• To consider the steps which it is necessary for State and non-State institutions to take in order to protect children from such abuse in the future.
• To publish a report with recommendations
The independent investigation into child sexual exploitation will look into the failure to protect children in the care of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Councils.
A significant number of allegations of historical abuse in children’s homes, previously operated by Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City councils and other organisations, have been made, dating back to the 1940’s. These allegations relate to a range of abuse including physical and sexual abuse.

IICSA have defined the scope/case studies, which are:
• Institutional responses to disclosures of allegations of sexual abuse in relation to Beechwood since 1967 and the barriers to disclosure of such abuse.
• A case study into the institutional responses to disclosure of allegations of child sexual abuse in foster carer and the barriers to disclosure of such allegations.
• A case study into the institutional responses to disclosures of allegations of sexual abuse carried out by children in the care of the Councils, and the barriers to disclosure of such allegations.

The Inquiry launched an awareness campaign across England and Wales to publicise the Truth Project. The aim of which is to ensure that victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are aware of the Truth Project and have the opportunity to speak to the Inquiry if they wish.
The Truth Project offers an opportunity for victims and survivors to share their experience and be respectfully heard and acknowledged. This is a very important part of the Inquiry’s work, as hearing from victims and survivors will allow an understanding of the nature and scale of child sexual abuse, and to hear their suggestions for change. It will also help us to challenge long-held myths about abuse. More detail about the Truth Project is available on this website.
IICSA’s national awareness raising campaign has been developed using substantial research, involving victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and the general public. It has also been developed with advice from the IICSA Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel who help to consider the impact of our work from the perspective of victims and survivors.
How you can help to raise awareness of the Truth Project?
Some partners have said that they would like to help raise awareness of the Truth Project. Partners can link on line to IICSA so that more victims and survivors will be made aware of the work and how to access it.
IICSA offers a number of electronic materials including: Truth Project banners; a video graphic; social media toolkit; and printed information about the Truth Project. If you would like any of these images or products for your website and/or social media channels, please email your request to the North West Inquiry Office on the following email address, northwestinquiryoffice@iicsa.org.uk .
You can support the Inquiry via Social Media through Facebook: @TruthProjectCSA , Twitter: @InquiryCSA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCemqIjOfKc5VJcX2B_IpwUw
And use the Hashtags #TruthProject, #Beheard, #InquiryCSA, #ResearchCSA
www.truthproject.org.uk,
www.iicsa.org.uk
Both Nottingham City Council and the County Council have been providing information to IICSA since January 2016. Including information around current and historical policies, procedures, guidance, investigation reports, civil claims, allegations against staff and foster carers.
The Nottingham the Public Hearing is scheduled for October 2018 and is due to last 3 weeks.
The primary purpose of the City council’s approach is that victims are supported and perpetrators are identified and whenever possible, brought to justice.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has Sexual Violence Engagement Manager, Sharon Rose, who can be contacted on tel: 101 Ext: 3114232