Historic child abuse
Read our frequently asked questions [PDF] about how the Council is responding to issues around historic child abuse.
If you have a current concern about the well-being 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 was held in October 2018.
The County Council continues to be committed to fully supporting the principles and aims of the Inquiry.
The report from this investigation was published on 31 July. You can download the full report into Nottinghamshire Councils on the IICSA website.
Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse affected by the publication of this report, will have access to extra support from Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Service (Notts SVS).
In the two weeks following the publication of the report, the helpline provided by Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services (SVSS) will be open longer.
Its usual opening hours are 4pm to 7.30pm Monday and Tuesday, and 10am to 1pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
But from July 31 to August 13, it will also be open from 8pm to midnight every evening. The number to call is 0115 941 0440.
Two support workers will answer calls. If the line is engaged, please leave your name and contact number and a support worker will call you back as soon as they are free.
Our usual social media policy will apply, namely:
- it will not be possible to respond to 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, which 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].