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Due to the current situation caused by coronavirus (Covid-19) we have made some changes to Truth Project sessions in person.
The Truth Project will draw to a close during 2021. We encourage you to share your experience before it concludes.

Share your experience

Due to the current situation caused by coronavirus (Covid-19) we have made some changes to Truth Project sessions in person

The Truth Project will draw to a close during 2021. We encourage you to share your experience before it concludes. 

This page explains what you can expect if you decide to get involved with the Truth Project.

"So grateful I was given this opportunity to attend the Truth Project. For the first time in 50 years I felt I was believed; I was treated with the utmost respect by all involved.”

Truth Project participant

What you might want to share

You can tell us as much or as little as you want about what happened to you. You can choose whether to give details such as names, places or dates. 

You will not be questioned, challenged or judged.

Some people have talked about how sexual abuse has affected them. Others have described how they were let down by people or institutions such as social services or the police, when they told someone what was happening to them. 

Whether you share your experience in writing, by video call, by phone or in person, you can have a dedicated support worker while you are involved with the Truth Project.

See our video about sharing in writing.

 

Sharing in writing

If you’d like to share your experience in writing, you don’t need to make an appointment. You decide when and how you want to write about what happened to you.

There are different ways to share your experience in writing:

  • Fill in our booklet. We can post this to you, or you can download it and print it from here.

Write in the booklet whatever you want to share, and return it to: Freepost IICSA Independent Inquiry. You don’t need a stamp.

  • Fill in our online form – this is similar to our booklet but can be completed electronically. If you would like to use this, email us at contact@iicsa.org.uk and we will send you a link.

  • If you don’t want to fill in a form or a booklet, you can write what you want to share and post it to Freepost IICSA Independent Inquiry, or email it to contact@iicsa.org.uk. This guide to sharing your experience may be helpful.

Help and support with sharing your experience in writing

If you would like help with filling in the booklet or any of the forms, contact us and we can talk you through it.

Please tell us if you have any other concerns or questions about sharing your experience in writing. If you would like to speak to a support worker on the phone, we will arrange that. 

Your support worker can help you prepare to share your experience. They will also suggest ways to look after your health and wellbeing and offer support for a period of time afterwards.  

Find out more about support available.

Sharing by video call, by phone or in person

You can choose to be heard in a private session – either by video call or on the phone. Due to the situation caused by Covid-19, we had to make changes to Truth Project sessions in person but we will resume these as soon as possible. Please check this website for updates and more details.

If you choose to share your experience by video call, you can be in a familiar place where you feel comfortable talking. We will agree a time and date with you and we will send details a week before your session of what you need to do. We use the video communication service Google Meet and how it works may vary depending on what device or system you are using. Video sessions are run the same way as sessions in person, and a support worker will be available for you. 

If you choose to share your experience by phone, you can be in a familiar place where you feel comfortable talking and the call won't cost you anything. You will also have a support worker and we can help you think about a suitable place, time and date.

Help and support with sharing by video call or by phone

If you decide to use our support service, you will have your own support worker while you’re involved with the Truth Project. Find out more about support.

The support worker will contact you about four weeks before your private session. They will explain what will happen and answer any questions you have. You can have several phone calls with your support worker if that is helpful. If you like, they can join the video call or phone call with you when you are sharing your experience. They can also attend a session in person with you, when these resume.

Your support worker will ask you if you have any needs or wishes that will make you feel comfortable on the day. 

If you don’t want to be contacted by a support worker before your session, let us know. We’ll give you a phone number so you can call us if you have any questions. If at any time you decide you do want to use the support service, you can tell us and we’ll arrange it.

You may want to think ahead about what to say in your session, and you can bring notes to remind you. Your support worker can help you prepare what you want to say.

If you are sharing by video call or by phone, you can have up to two people, aged 18 or over, in the room with you.

If you are sharing in person, when these sessions resume, we will make changes to the way they are run to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff. We will send full details to participants and give updates on this website.

If you decide to use our support service, you will have your own support worker while you’re involved with the Truth Project. Find out more about support.

What to expect before your session

We will send you information about practical arrangements such as the time and date, our support service, reminder letters and what to do if you need to cancel.

If you are sharing by video call, we will send details a week before your session of how Google Meet works and what you need to do.

This may vary depending on what device or system you are using.   

We will tell you how to contact us so we can help if you have any questions or problems.

If you have any particular needs or disabilities we will try our best to support you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, we can offer a session with a team who will communicate with you in the way you choose. See www.signhealth.org.uk/truth-project.

What to expect on the day of your session

If you are sharing your experience by video call, your support worker will call you about 15 minutes before the session begins. When you are ready, the support worker will let the facilitator know. They will ask you to hang up the phone and to join the video call using the link you’ve been sent. 

If there are any technical problems with the video call, we will be there to help. If it’s not possible to fix the problem we will ask if you would like to continue your session by telephone or rearrange it.

If you are sharing your experience by phone, your support worker will call you before the session begins. When you are ready, the facilitator will join in the call. 

If you are sharing your experience in person, when these sessions resume, we will make changes to the way they are run to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff. We will send full details to participants and give updates on this website.

You will meet a facilitator who has been trained to listen to victims and survivors with respect and empathy. They will ask for your consent to different parts of the process, and explain more about this. For example, they will explain what the Inquiry has to tell the police about allegations of child abuse. Find out more about consent.

It’s up to you what you choose to share. The session will be an informal conversation, not an interview. You will be in charge. You will not be questioned, challenged or judged. The facilitator may give you gentle prompts.

Sessions usually last from 30 to 90 minutes.

After your session

Your support worker will stay with you – on the line if you’re sharing by video call or phone – to see how you are feeling. They can also tell you about support services in your area that you may find helpful.

Your support worker will contact you about two days after your session if you would like this. You will be offered another support call two weeks later. After that, the Truth Project support service comes to an end. Find out more about support.

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.