Child sex abuse enquiry to open Welsh office today
The Chair of the Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay, is in Cardiff today to attend an event at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium to mark the opening of the Inquiry’s Welsh office and the start of the Inquiry’s ‘Truth Project’ in Wales.
The Chair will be accompanied by the Inquiry Panel members, Dru Sharpling, Ivor Frank and members of the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel.
Over 100 individuals and organisations have accepted invitations to attend the launch, including officials from the Wales Government, local authorities, NHS Wales, charities, Welsh national safeguarding boards and religious institutions.
IICSA Chair Professor Alexis Jay said:
“I am delighted be in Cardiff today to meet with representatives from across Wales to discuss the work of the Inquiry. In particular, we want to highlight how victims and survivors can share their experiences with us as part of the Truth Project. I am grateful for the time taken by everyone to meet with me and other members of the Inquiry and I want to emphasise that we are committed to delivering a strong presence here in Wales.”
The Truth Project has been taking evidence from victims and survivors for seven months, allowing victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to talk about their experiences with the Inquiry.
Those who wish to take part can attend a private session at one of the IICSA offices in England or Wales.
The Wales office is now able to makes appointments for victims and survivors to give testimony at the Truth Project.
It has dedicated Welsh-speaking staff who will ensure Welsh speakers receive a seamless service in their own language when they engage with the Inquiry. (Phone: 02921 674 047).
Inquiry Panel member, Dru Sharpling added:
“Our team in Wales will provide as much support and guidance as possible and we will be working alongside those organisations who are already doing so much to help the victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.”
Chris Tuck from the Victims and Survivors’ Consultative Panel said:
“We acknowledge the courage that it takes to share an experience of child sexual abuse but each experience shared will make an important contribution to the work of the Inquiry. Victims and survivors can share their experiences with the Inquiry in a safe and secure environment during a private session. Specialist support will be available to each person who engages with the Truth Project. They can be accompanied by a family member, friend or other support person of their choice.”
The Wales office will help ensure that we reach victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in some of the most remote and hard to reach communities, where the issue of child sexual abuse is often ignored or unacknowledged.
This Inquiry is investigating how organisations in England and Wales may have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Our focus is on the failure of the organisations. More here
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