Child abuse inquiry to publish final report after 8 years

Posted: 17th October 2022

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is set to publish its final report this week, eight years after it was established by then-Home Secretary Theresa May, and after carrying out 19 investigations, hearing evidence from more than 700 witnesses, and and hearing from thousands more in testimonies outside formal hearings. The Times notes that one of the key decisions facing chair Alexis Jay will be on whether to introduce mandatory reporting that would require social workers, clergy, teachers and others to pass on knowledge or well-founded suspicions of abuse. Church of England bishops are expected to consider lifting the seal of secrecy around confessions to allow priests to report admissions of child abuse, if the move is recommended.

Source: Inquiry must make it mandatory to report child abuse | Comment | The Times

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