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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

What the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is, our role in the inquiry, contribute to the inquiry, report a concern or get support.

What the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is a government inquiry that was set up in response to concerns that some organisations were not protecting children from sexual abuse.

The inquiry will assess:

  • the nature and extent of child sexual exploitation by organised networks in England and Wales
  • institutional responses to this exploitation
  • what lessons local authorities have learned from recent high profile cases, such as those in Rotherham, Oxford and Rochdale

Our role in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Bristol is one of six areas chosen for the part of the inquiry that looks at how statutory agencies, such as local councils or the police, protect children from organised child sexual exploitation. 

The other areas are St Helens, Tower Hamlets, Swansea, Durham and Warwickshire. These regions were chosen because they represent a range of sizes, demographics and institutional practices.

Find out more about how Bristol supported the evidence gathering for this part of the inquiry.  

As part of the inquiry, we had to share a significant amount of information with the IICSA legal and inquiry team about children who:

  • were believed to be victims of child sexual exploitation between April 2017 and September 2020
  • went missing between April 2017 and September 2020

Ask about the information we shared with the inquiry

If you think we may have shared information about you with the inquiry, and want to ask what information was shared, call 0117 903 6444 in the first instance. Ask to speak to Jo Ritchie, Advanced CSE Social Worker. The line is open 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Contribute to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

If you have experience of child sexual abuse or child sexual exploitation you can contribute to the inquiry through the Truth Project

Report a concern that a child is being sexually abused

If you suspect that a child is being sexually abused or exploited in Bristol

Get support for sexual exploitation or violence

If you have experienced sexual exploitation or violence in Bristol, you can find services that can support you at the Survivor Pathway.