Background to the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - Commons Library Standard Note

This brief note provides general background information about the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which was established in July 2014 by the Home Secretary, Theresa May.

It provides information on the establishment of the Inquiry, its terms of reference, the Chair and membership of the panel, and the geographic scope of the Inquiry.

On 27 November, the House debated the subject “Historical Child Sex Abuse”, and the work of the Panel featured in that debate; some of the Minister’s comments made during the debate are included in this note.

For those wishing to give evidence to the Inquiry, a contact form is available online at:

https://childsexualabuseinquiry.independent.gov.uk/contact/

Alternatively, submissions can be sent by post to the address given on the website.

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