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28 October 2022 | Podcasts | Article by Alun Jones

HJ Talks About Abuse: 2022 IICSA report

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In this week’s episode of HJ Talks About Abuse, the team discuss the recent The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report, published on 20 October 2022.

IICSA was set up in 2014 following a series of high-profile child abuse scandals, some of which dated back decades, with the most notable involving the late BBC television star Jimmy Savile. It said institutions and politicians had prioritised reputations over the welfare of young people, resulting in allegations effectively hidden away for many years, while there were still inadequate child protection measures in place.

IICSA took evidence from survivors of child sexual abuse and those concerned with child protection as well as faith leaders and representatives, the police, the justice system, and politicians.

In its report IICSA makes a series of recommendations which include the mandatory of child abuse.

In a series of 2 podcasts Alan Collins the partner who heads up the abuse team at Hugh James discusses the report and its recommendations with Becky, Jason, and Duncan who are 3 core participants who gave evidence to IICSA.

In this podcast they discuss mandatory reporting and the IICSA proposal and examine how it might work in practice as proposed, and arguments as to its effectiveness.

If you have been affected by the topics raised in this week’s podcast or would like more information, please get in touch with the Abuse team.

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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