Police investigations

In 2012 Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into the abuse of children, found widespread child abuse in many UK public institutions. Since then there have been a number of fresh prosecutions in relation to offences committed in Lambeth

We are continuing to support police investigations. You can report non-recent child sexual abuse directly to Operation Winter Key if you wish. Non-recent child sexual abuse that is reported to have taken place within Lambeth children's homes forms a strand of the external investigation by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (also known as IICSA). Operation Winter Key is the Metropolitan Police’s investigative team that deals with these allegations and similar matters.

If you wish to report these matters to police, you can use any of the following methods to leave brief details of what has happened to you along with a method for police to contact you:

An investigator from Operation Winter Key will then contact you to discuss the details and your wishes and to ensure that you are fully supported.

Below is a guide on reporting non-recent child sexual abuse to the police in the UK. It provides useful information for people who have not yet contacted the police to report child sexual abuse. You may or may not be ready to take this step now, but if you are thinking about it, this guide will help you to make an informed decision.

Guide to reporting child sexual abuse to the police