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This accessibility statement applies to IICSA.org.uk and Truthproject.org.uk.

This website is run by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand, particularly on the Truth Project which was approved by the Plain English Campaign.

The BBC has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • The PDF files within the Investigations section are generally not accessible to people using assistive technology. These are often scanned documents which provide no information to screenreaders and are difficult to read with a moderate visual impairment. This is evidence provided to the Inquiry for the purposes of its investigations and so it is not possible for the Inquiry to edit the documents.
  • If you would require any of these documents in a different format, please get in touch using the details below.
  • Some links which open a PDF have an icon to show the file format which is not announced to screenreaders.
  • Some reports include graphics that have embedded text, which is hard to read for people with low vision.
  • Live video streams do not have captions.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

If there is any information that you cannot access, or if you experience any other accessibility difficulties, you can contact the Inquiry.

Some of the documents published as PDFs are scanned copies of physical documents, which are very difficult to make accessible to everyone. Due to the volume of these documents and associated cost, the Inquiry cannot convert them all to fully accessible versions. If you need access to any of these documents we may be able to assist on a case by case basis, so please get in touch.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please use the contact information above.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some links which open a PDF have an icon to show the file format which is not announced to screenreaders, this does not meet 1.1.1 Non-text content.
  • This is planned to be resolved by the end of the year.
  • Some reports include graphics that have embedded text, which is hard to read for people with low vision, this does not meet 1.4.5 Images of Text.
  • This is planned to be resolved by the end of the year.

Disproportionate burden

There are over 10,000 PDF files within the Investigations section comprised of:

  • scanned documents;
  • documents with redactions that are created with specific software;
  • documents from 3rd parties.

Many of these will fail several WCAG 2.1 guidelines including 1.1.1 Non-text Content, 1.3.1 Info and Relationships, 1.4.4 Resize text, 1.4.5 Images of Text, 1.4.10 Reflow.

The Inquiry is required to publish the evidence produced during its hearings, as it was provided. The only way to make many of the documents accessible would be to create alternative versions.

The time and cost estimate for creating accessible versions of all the evidence documents is disproportionate to the entire website. If individuals request access to particular documents IICSA will do everything possible to find an alternative format on a case by case basis.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

IICSA will monitor accessibility on a regular basis for the lifetime of the inquiry. A further test will be carried out next year and the statement will be updated.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 18/09/2020. It was last reviewed on 18/09/2020.

This website was last tested on 15/05/2020. The test was carried out by Nomensa.

A sample of 14 pages across the two websites was tested to include the various templates and type of content available. 15 issues were found in the initial round of testing in February 2020, all were resolved except those noted above.

Your privacy

There are very limited circumstances where we tell anyone your name without your consent, for example if a child is currently at risk and we need to tell the police.