INSITUTIONS facing investigation in the independent abuse inquiry in England and Wales are about to be identified.
New Zealand judge Lowell Goddard, who is leading the investigation, is expected to name a number of UK institutions that will be examined. These examinations will form the first phase of the investigations.
The formal inquiry started in July. A truth project started this November, where pilot hearings started in Liverpool with child abuse victims from Northwest England and North Wales giving private testimonies about their experiences.
Institutions and organisations in England and Wales facing possible investigation include the BBC, the armed forces, children´s homes, churches and the NHS.
The Inquiry is independent of government. Inquiry Chair Lowell Goddard is supported by a Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel, and other key advisers.
The inquiry wants to hear from anyone who was sexually abused as a child in an institutional setting in England or Wales such as a care home, a school, a church or any institutional organisation.