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Cancellation of Truth Project face-to-face sessions

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The‌ ‌Inquiry‌ ‌has‌ ‌taken‌ ‌the‌ ‌difficult decision‌‌ to‌ ‌stop‌ holding face to face Truth Project sessions‌ ‌at‌ ‌this‌ ‌time, after carefully considering the Government's guidance. Other methods of sharing are still available.

The‌ ‌Inquiry‌ ‌has‌ ‌taken‌ ‌the‌ ‌difficult decision‌‌ to‌ ‌stop‌ holding face to face Truth Project sessions‌ ‌at‌ ‌this‌ ‌time, after carefully considering the Government's guidance.  We‌ ‌have‌ ‌not‌ ‌taken‌ ‌this‌ ‌decision‌ ‌lightly‌ but ‌ ‌your‌ ‌health‌ ‌and‌ ‌wellbeing‌ ‌remains‌ ‌our‌ ‌priority.‌ ‌

We‌ ‌will‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌hold‌ ‌private‌ ‌sessions‌ ‌by‌ ‌telephone‌ ‌and‌ you can still share ‌in‌ ‌writing.‌ ‌We are contacting everyone who already has a face to face session booked to offer these alternative options.

There’s a Q&A below but if you have any further questions or concerns, please call our Inquiry Information Line on 0800 917 1000 or email us at contact@iicsa.org.uk. Or you can write to us at Freepost IICSA Independent Inquiry. You don’t need a stamp. 

 

Questions and Answers

Are Truth Project sessions still running?

Private sessions by telephone are still running and participants can also share in writing.

The Inquiry is managing its work, including Truth Project private sessions, in line with the Government’s advice for the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).  After careful consideration of revised Government guidance, the Inquiry has taken the difficult decision to stop holding face to face private sessions at this time.

Can I share my experience by telephone or in writing?

Yes, Truth Project sessions by telephone will continue and you can still share in writing.

What happens if I have a face to face session booked?

We will contact every participant who has been impacted by this decision.  The Inquiry continues to want to hear your experience and although we cannot proceed with private sessions in person, we have arranged for every booked face-to-face session to take place by telephone instead. 

Will my telephone session be at the same time as my face to face session?

If you agree, your telephone session will take place on the same date and time as previously arranged and if you have opted into support, your allocated support worker will remain the same.  Every experience shared by telephone is treated in the same way and is of the same value to the Inquiry as an experience shared in a face-to-face session.

What if I don’t want to share my experience by telephone?

Feedback from other participants who have already shared their experience by telephone has been positive but we want to give each person the choice of what is best for them.

If, for any reason, you decide that you do not wish to proceed with your telephone session as arranged, you can choose to submit your experience in writing.

Alternatively, if you wish to continue to share at a private session in person, we will record this decision and we can contact you to reschedule when a decision has been made to resume face to face sessions. As you will appreciate, we cannot offer any guarantees when this might be and you may encounter delays.

When will the Inquiry reinstate private sessions in person?

Given the current situation, we cannot offer any guarantee as to when private sessions might be reinstated and those who wish to continue to share in person may encounter delays. The Inquiry will continue to manage its work, including Truth Project private sessions, in line with the Government’s advice for the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide an update as soon as practically possible.

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.