CofE Statement on initial IICSA hearing

IICSA: further preliminary hearings this week

Following today’s preliminary hearing held by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA, the following statement has been issued by the Church Of England. This is the first of two hearing this week which were announced in the IICSA Statement on 2 October, also reproduced below.


Statement on IICSA hearing

04 October 2017

Following today’s preliminary hearing held by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, the Church of England has issued the following statement:

“We welcome todays detailed update on the investigation into the Anglican Church in England and Wales focusing on the Chichester case study to be heard in March 2018. The Inquiry acknowledged and welcomed the contributions from all core participants in responding to its detailed request for information. It is clear that there will be a real focus on learning to make the Church a safer place for all and we will continue to work cooperatively with IICSA. First and foremost our commitment must be to listen to survivors who take the courage to come forward and who will play a vital part in the Inquiry.”

Bishop Peter Hancock, Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop


IICSA Statement

2 October 2017

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold preliminary hearings in relation to two of its investigations this week.

Please note the hearings will be held in the Inquiry’s new hearing centre – 18 Pocock Street, London, SE1 0BW.

The full details of the hearings are:

Wednesday 4 October 2017, 10.30 am – further preliminary hearing in relation to the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church.

Thursday 5 October 2017, 10.30 am – further preliminary hearing in relation to the inquiry into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The hearings will discuss the progress of the investigations and give directions.

Agendas for both of these hearings can be found on our website.

Preliminary hearings are not broadcast, but they are open to the press and public and live tweeting (subject to a five minute delay) is allowed. A transcript of the hearings will be available on our website a few hours later. Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis. For information on attending a preliminary hearing please read this document or for more information on preliminary hearings, please read the information note on each of the Investigation pages on our website.

Further dates for preliminary hearings into the Inquiry’s investigations will be announced on our website and on our Twitter feed (@InquiryCSA) in due course. Information on all preliminary hearings will continue to be posted on our website.


Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "CofE Statement on initial IICSA hearing" in Law & Religion UK, 4 October 2017, http://www.lawandreligionuk.com/2017/10/04/cofe-statement-on-initial-iicsa-hearing/

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