Historical child abuse
Read our frequently asked questions [PDF] about how the Council is responding to issues around historical child abuse.
If you have a current concern about the wellbeing of a child you can either:
- call Nottinghamshire Police on 101
- contact our multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH).
If you or someone you know is a victim or a survivor of abuse there are support services that can help [PDF].
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
On 27 November 2015 the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) announced that 'Children in the Care of Nottinghamshire Councils' would be one of the Inquiry's first 13 investigations into the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse.
The public hearing began on 1 October 2018 and lasted for three weeks.
The County Council continues to be committed to fully supporting the principles and aims of the Inquiry.
Visit the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse website for more information.
Find out more about the Inquiry's policy on the redaction of documents [PDF].
Nottinghamshire County Council statement: 26 October 2018
Nottinghamshire County Council wants to pay tribute to the courage of the victims and survivors who have come forward and told their stories to the Inquiry.
The current and former Leaders of this Council have wholeheartedly and unreservedly apologised to the victims and survivors who suffered abuse whilst in our care.
Our Director of Children’s Services has attended the Inquiry every day and listened carefully to all of the evidence provided so that the Council can learn the lessons from the past.
The Council has co-operated fully with the Inquiry and will implement its recommendations when they are made.
Meanwhile, we will reflect on what we have heard during the Inquiry and make changes to protect children in our care from sexual abuse now and in the future. This will include changing our approach to the handling of civil claims and for Councillors to visit children in our care when they are at home so they can talk to them face to face.
We continue to cooperate fully with the Inquiry, and while the investigation is ongoing our usual social media policy will apply, namely:
- it will not be possible to respond or comment on individual posts
- we will delete any posts we consider to be abusive. Facebook also has an automatic profanity blocker which is designed to prevent abusive posts reaching the page, and means posts may be auto-hidden
- we will moderate our Facebook page as appropriate if individuals are named
- comments on unrelated posts may be deleted
- frequent spamming (repeatedly commenting on unrelated posts) with questions/comments relating to the Inquiry may result in repeat offenders being banned from the page.
Victims and survivors engagement with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
There is a dedicated victims and survivors section on the Inquiry’s website.
The inquiry holds periodic forum events for victims and survivors and publishes the notes from these meetings:
The Inquiry's Truth Project is an opportunity for victims and survivors to share experiences and views in a safe and confidential setting.
Strategic Management Group (Operation Equinox):
- progress update (December 2017/January 2018) [PDF]
- quarterly progress update (January 2016) [PDF]
- progress update (June 2016) [PDF]
- progress update (December 2016) [PDF]
- progress update (June/July 2017) [PDF].