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Hearing Held into Child Sex Abuse in Bridlington

Hearing Held into Child Sex Abuse in Bridlington

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 11:44am 15th January 2020.

A preliminary hearing has been held, prior to an Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse, which will consider Headlands School in Bridlington, during the second phase of its Residential Schools investigation.

That took place yesterday, to set the scope of the hearing itself.

A public hearing in May will hear evidence regarding past allegations of child sexual abuse at the school, as well as Clifton College in Bristol and Hillside First School in North Somerset.

Since 2006, five former members of staff from Headlands School have been convicted of  sexual offences against children.

In October, the public hearing into the first phase of the Inquiry’s Residential Schools investigation examined music and special educational needs schools.

The second and final phase will take a broader look at safeguarding procedures within the schools sector in general, including day schools.

This will include an examination of culture, governance and management when allegations of child sexual abuse are made, while also hearing from teaching unions and the Teaching Regulation Agency.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is examining the extent to which institutions and organisations have failed to protect children in England and Wales from sexual abuse. Inquiry will make recommendations for change with the aim of ensuring institutions will do more to protect children from sexual abuse in the future.

The hearing will take place from 11-22 May at the Inquiry’s hearing centre, 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW.

Anybody who has first hand knowledge of allegations of child sexual abuse at Headlands School can email the Inquiry on solicitors@iicsa.org.uk with Residential Schools investigation in the subject line, or telephone the Inquiry information line on 0800 917 1000.

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