The Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse today (19 June) issued the following announcement on its Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings investigation.
Religious organisations investigation dates
19 June 2019
The Inquiry has today (19 June) announced that the Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings investigation will take place from March 16 2020 for two weeks at our hearing centre in London.
Three public hearings will be held this year and further hearings are planned for next year; reports will be published after the conclusion of each one.
The public hearings into all of our investigations will conclude by November 2020.
The Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings investigation is thematic and will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions that have a significant presence in England and Wales. Religions with a significant presence in England and Wales including non conformist Christian denominations, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism will fall under the remit of this investigation.
Religious settings such as mosques, synagogues, churches and temples are in scope. Places of faith tuition such as Muslim madrassahs and Christian Sunday schools and places where children and young people gather in connection with their religious beliefs, including youth groups and camps will also be investigated by the Inquiry.