The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) chaired by Professor Alexis Jay OBE was set up by the government following concerns that some organisations had failed to protect children from child sexual abuse.

IICSA announced in November 2015 that it would be undertaking 12 separate investigations, including one into “the extent of any institutional failures to protect children in the care of Lambeth Council from sexual abuse and exploitation”. It will begin the full hearings of its investigation into “Children in the care of Lambeth Council”, on Monday June 29th.

We pledged from the earliest stage of the IICSA investigation to work transparently and cooperatively with the inquiry. The council has been cooperating with IICSA throughout the process and, so far, it has disclosed approximately 250,000 pages of relevant documents to IICSA. Lambeth’s corporate witness statement runs to more than 300 pages and makes reference to over 250 exhibits, some of which are lengthy reports.

All proceedings will be conducted via video conference and will be streamed live on the Inquiry’s website.

If you wish to ask a question about the Inquiry or if you have information to support IICSA’s investigations, you can contact them directly. Contact information is available on the IICSA website.

Visit love.lambeth.gov.uk for council news, statements and updates.

Lambeth Redress Scheme

The Lambeth Redress Scheme pays compensation to people who were abused or lived in fear of being abused while in Lambeth’s care as children. The scheme is for those who lived in or visited a Lambeth children’s home (including those at Shirley Oaks) or attended Shirley Oaks Primary School.

At Lambeth Council, we know that many former children’s homes residents will never be able to forgive us for their childhood experiences.

We are truly sorry for what happened to children in our care in the past and the consequences for their adult lives. While we cannot right those wrongs, we want everyone who is eligible for compensation to get it.

If this applies to you, you can apply no matter how long ago the abuse or fear of abuse happened.

Visit the Redress Scheme website to find out more.

Get advice and support

If you feel anxious or upset by any of the issues talked about in the public hearing, you can speak to a qualified social worker on Lambeth Council’s dedicated Lambeth Abuse Inquiry Support Helpline.

The helpline is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Call: 0207 926 9557

This helpline service will offer you support, advice and guidance:

  • Help for survivors of abuse in Lambeth to find out more about compensation via the Lambeth Redress scheme, if they haven’t already been offered help.

  • Help for survivors of abuse from other parts of London to find other schemes that offer compensation.

  • Help you contact the right person where there are concerns about professionals or professional conduct connected with abuse in the past.

  • Help put you in contact with the relevant safeguarding authorities for help if you have concerns about child protection or institutional abuse happening now.

Lambeth survivors who are already part of the Redress scheme can get help and support from: Redress@Lambeth.gov.uk or Telephone: 0207 926 4233 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

If you are in crisis

If you feel you are going to self-harm, or have suicidal thoughts and need help to keep yourself safe, you can choose how to get help:

  • Go to any hospital A&E department or ask for an emergency appointment with your GP
  • If you can’t get to A&E, call 999 and ask for an ambulance. Or someone can call 999 for you.

  • If you need to talk to someone but don’t want to go to A&E, you can call Samaritans 24/7 Freephone: 116 123 or call NHS Direct 111

Independent organisations who can provide support

The IISCA self-care tool includes help and advice for your wellbeing including help to live in the present and focus on the now, not past traumas.

National Association for People Abused in Childhood

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is a national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. NAPAC helpline: 0808 801 0331

https://napac.org.uk/calling-our-support-line

Rape Crisis

If you’ve experienced rape, child abuse and/ or any other kind of sexual violence, you can find your nearest Rape Crisis Centre and help from Rape Crisis England and Wales. This national charity is the umbrella body for all Rape Crisis Centres. You can also find information on advocacy and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) services, counselling and therapeutic services as well as helplines and emotional support.

National Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline number 0808 802 9999 (12pm - 2.30pm and 7pm - 9.30pm).

https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/

Mind

Mind - a national mental health charity providing advice and support to anyone with a mental health problem.

Info Line: 0300 123 3393
https://mind.org.uk

SurvivorsUK

SurvivorsUK is the longest established service providing support to adult males who have experienced any form of sexual violence. They provide a national web-chat and text-chat support service available seven days per week and counselling (individual and group) from their London premises. They also host a male victim-focused independent sexual violence adviser (ISVA).

Contact SurvivorsUK: 02035983898; help@survivorsuk.org;

www.survivorsuk.org

Samaritans

Samaritans is available round the clock, every day of the year. Talk to us any time you like in your own way, about whatever’s getting to you.

Call Samaritans anytime on: 116 123 Or email: jo@samaritans.org

https://www.samaritans.org

The Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse support organisations for women, men, young people and children.

National Support Line offering advice, information and support freephone: 0808 801 0818; contact details for local support organisations: www.thesurvivorstrust.org/find-support