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Lessons to learn: Keeping children safe from sexual abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its final report. What lessons can we learn and what can schools improve on when it comes to keeping children safe from sexual abuse? Elizabeth Rose advises

The final statutory report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was published last term (2022) after seven years of detailed investigation. The report is more than 450 pages and details the main findings into the extent to which both state and non-state institutions failed in their duty to protect children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation in “living memory”.

As part of the inquiry, the “Truth Project” was established, which supported people to share their accounts of sexual abuse and exploitation confidentially.

More than 6,200 victims and survivors took part in the project and their voices, accounts and experiences are embedded throughout the report, continuously drawing the report back to real people – real children – that experienced terrible and devastating abuse and who were not protected by those that should have been keeping them safe.

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