IICSA update

As IICSA continues to progress, we summarise recent and forthcoming developments in relation to its investigations.

Investigations Key Updates from the Inquiry
Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale
  • Public hearings were held from 9-27 October 2017. Evidence from the hearings is available online.
Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks
  • The Inquiry is not accepting applications for Core Participant (CP) status or requesting evidence currently.
  • The Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.
Accountability and Reparations
  • Public hearings will be taking place 26 November – 13 December 2018.
Children in Custodial Institutions
  • The first preliminary hearing took place on 1 February 2018.
  • Key issues for this investigation include: prevalence and culture issues, response issues, safeguarding systems and recommendations.
  • The Inquiry received 4 applications for designation as a CP. The Chair granted applications to the MoJ, the SoS for Education and Metropolitan Police. One reapplication was heard during the preliminary hearing.
  • Public hearings to be held 9 July 2018 for approximately 2 weeks.
The Internet
  • A week of public hearings was held from 22-26 January 2018.
  • Applications will be requested for more CPs in due course.
Investigation into the Institutional Responses to Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC
  • April 2017 the Inquiry published a Notice of Determination and revised the scope of this investigation. No preliminary hearing for oral submissions to be held.
  • No other significant updates.
Children in the Care of Nottinghamshire Councils
  • Second preliminary hearing held on 31 January 2018.
  • There are 90 CPs including 83 of whom are individuals who allege that they were sexually abused whilst in the care of Nottinghamshire Councils.
  • Public hearings to be held in October 2018.
  • From the list of 31 homes/thematic case studies, the 4 proposed are:
  1. Beechwood – institutional responses to disclosures of non-recent child sexual abuse or to contemporaneous and recent disclosures of allegations of sexual abuse by Andris Logins care workers at Beechwood in the 1980s;
  2. Foster care – institutional responses to disclosure of allegations by children placed in foster care in Nottinghamshire;
  3. Peer on peer abuse – institutional responses to disclosures of allegations of peer on peer abuse in residential children’s homes;
  4. Wollaton House – institutional responses to disclosures of allegations of child sexual abuse in the home.
  • The Chair re-emphasised that this investigation along with those into Lambeth Council and Rochdale institutions focuses on the experiences of children in institutions operated or overseen by local authorities.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church
  • A further preliminary hearing was held on 30 January 2018
  • The first public hearing in relation to the Chichester Dicoese case study will commence for 3 weeks on 5 March 2018. There are twenty themes and issues being considered.
  • Further public hearings relating to Peter Ball will be heard commencing 23 July 2018 and in to the wider Anglican Church in 2019.
Child Sexual Abuse in Residential Schools
  • Currently no CPs designated.
  • No significant updates.
Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse Linked to Westminster
  • A preliminary hearing was held on 31 January 2018. A number of individuals, including Daniel Janner QC, reapplied for CP status.
  • This investigation will focus on the way Westminster institutions dealt with and responded to allegations. The Inquiry will not review recent high-profile police investigations but simply attempt to bring together as many of the basic facts related to these issues as possible.
  • The Inquiry have confirmed they do not anticipate this investigation will make any findings as to whether high profile politicians such as Edward Heath or Cyril Smith did or did not commit acts of child sexual abuse of which they have been accused.
  • The possible scope of this investigation could include the following areas:
  1. Interference;
  2. Improper influence on prosecutors;
  3. Inappropriate reactions from party leaders to warnings;
  4. What did various Whips Offices do;
  5. How did the ‘honours system’ secretariat react to allegations;
  6. What was the Paedophile Information Exchange and did it have influence in Westminster.
  • Further preliminary hearings will be held before the public hearings. Dates will be announced on the Inquiry’s website.
  • 3 weeks of public hearings will take place on 4 March 2019.
Protection of Children Outside the UK
  • The Panel’s report into the Child Migration Case Study is expected to be published shortly.
  • Public hearings for other aspects of this investigation will commence on 11 February 2019.
Children in the Care of Lambeth Council
  • No significant updates.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church
  • Initial hearings which focused on the Benedictine Order, in particular at Ampleforth and Downside were held in November.
  • Further public hearings relating to the Archdiocese of Birmingham case study will take place from 12-16 November 2018.
  • Public hearings relating to the Ealing Abbey case study will commence on 4 February 2019.

MIRIAM Written by Miriam Rahamim, solicitor at BLM

Update – IICSA investigations

The IICSA continues to progress with its investigations. Last week it published the public hearings timetable up until March 2019. A summary of the current status of all hearings in investigations is detailed below (the IICSA continues to update its hearings timetable page here as it schedules more dates).

Investigation Latest Position
The Internet Following the preliminary hearing on 19 September 2017, the first public hearings are scheduled to take place the week commencing 22 January 2018. Evidence in relation to paragraph 2.4 of the published scope of investigation will be heard: “the response of law enforcement agencies to child sexual abuse facilitated by the internet“.
Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale Public hearings in relation to this case study were held from 9 – 27 October 2017. Evidence from survivors and institutions was heard. The IICSA endeavours to publish its report in relation to this investigation in the new year and before the interim inquiry report is to be published which is sometime in April 2018.
Anglican Public hearings are scheduled to start on 5th March 2018 for 3 weeks. This will focus on abuse within the Diocese of Chichester. There will be a further week of public hearings from 23rd July 2018 which will focus on matters relating to the Peter Ball case study. There is a preliminary hearing on 30th January 2018
Westminster A preliminary hearing in relation to this case study will take place on 31st January 2018. Public hearings will be held from the week commencing 4 March – 25 March 2019.
Roman Catholic Church The hearing in connection with the Benedictine Orders (save for Ealing Abbey) commences on 27th November 2017 and is due to last for 2 weeks

Public hearings will be held the week commencing 12 November 2018 into the Archdiocese of Birmingham case study.

Public hearings will be held the week commencing 4 February 2019 into the Ealing Abbey case study.

Nottinghamshire 3 weeks of hearings are scheduled from 1st October 2018. A preliminary hearing will take place on 31st January 2018.
Children Overseas IICSA’s report into the Child Migration Programmes Case Study is expected sometime before or early in the new year.

Public hearings regarding Children Outside the UK will be held the week commencing 11 February 2019.

Accountability & Reparation Public hearings are scheduled from 26 November – 10 December 2018.
Children in Custody A preliminary hearing will proceed on 1st February 2018 with 2 weeks of public hearings from 9 July 2018.
Lord Janner There have been no formal developments.
Lambeth There have been no formal developments.
Residential Schools There have been no formal developments.
Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks There have been no formal developments.

mwr Written by Miriam Rahamim, solicitor at BLM.

IICSA update

Following conclusion of the substantive hearings in the child migration case study the IICSA is making progress across many areas. It is also gradually making its position clear on how it will deal with evidence and the conclusions it will reach including on the thorny issue of whether it needs to make findings of fact about specific allegations.

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IICSA – further preliminary hearings

In July, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold second preliminary hearings in relation to the first four of its investigations.  The dates of the hearings are:

  • 26 July 2016, 10.30am    Greville Janner
  • 27 July 2016, 10.30am    The Anglican Church
  • 27 July 2016, 11.45am    Cambridge Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School and others
  • 27 July 2016, 2pm            Lambeth Council

 


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Written by Paula Jefferson, partner

IICSA update – redaction of documents, legal professional privilege and Lord Janner

Documentation will be critical for the work of the Inquiry. Requests for documents have already been made by the Inquiry to some organisations involved in the initial investigations. Those requests are lengthy, detailed and request a response within a short period of time. The Inquiry acknowledges its requests will be wide ranging. Last June the Inquiry sent out letters to advise of the need to retain documentation.

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