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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

06 Sep 2017

Dear All

The Department of Education has asked all Directors of Children Services to write to all schools in their area, to remind you that the statutory Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which  was established on 12 March 2015 to investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse, requires schools to retain all records until further notice, and this is an ongoing responsibility.

Under the Inquiries Act 2005, schools are required to retain all information that may be relevant to IICSA and must not dispose of any information until further guidance is received.  The Borough Solicitor has advised in order to demonstrate compliance that  no information should be destroyed.

Please could you ensure that all personnel and pupils files, both paper and digital, are retained so that if the Inquiry later identifies evidence that in their  view is relevant, you are able to produce it.  All schools must retain all documents; correspondence; notes; emails and all other information, in whatever form, until further notice from the Inquiry.


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