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How we use what you tell us

We’d like to use the experiences you’ve told us about to better understand child sexual abuse.

Your information may be used:

  • For research reports
  • to support recommendations to help protect children in the future
  • to produce a summary of your experience which we may publish

If you don't want us to use it in any of these ways we won't.

We will publish reports online but no personal details are included. The reports may include quotes from your experiences but no one will be able to identify you. You can change your mind about how we use your information at any time before the report is finalised.

If you don't want us to use your information, you can let us know in the following ways:

  • You can email us at share@truthproject.org.uk
  • You can write to us at the free postal address 'Freepost IICSA Independent Inquiry'
  • You can call our information line on 0800 917 1000
  • You can tell someone on the day of your session


Police involvement

Participants have asked us whether taking part in the Truth Project will result in the police becoming involved in their case, or re-opening an investigation.

Sharing your experience at the Truth Project is not part of a legal process and does not involve an investigation of your case by the Inquiry.

However, the Inquiry passes all allegations of child abuse to the police and is required to do so by law. We will only pass on your personal details if you want us to, unless we believe there is a child protection concern or someone is at risk of serious harm. In that case we will pass your details to the police or another service if you have given them to us. If we have to do this, we’ll tell you.

The Inquiry passes all allegations of child abuse to the police via Operation Hydrant, the national policing team that coordinates the police response to non-recent child sexual abuse. 

Once the Inquiry passes information to Operation Hydrant, we are not in  control of what happens to it. We’re not able to guarantee a police investigation as a result of what you tell us.

If you do agree to us passing your contact details to the police, a local force may contact you. This could result in further action or investigation by the police. As the Inquiry is independent, we have no involvement in any action taken by the police.

You can still share your experience with the Truth Project even if you are involved in court proceedings.

If you have provided a statement to the police we cannot ask them for a copy of that statement.

Protecting your data

The information that we collect is kept in a secure database; records don’t include any identifiable information, like names or addresses and all records will be securely destroyed seven years after the research is published.

If we hold data about you, you are entitled to ask for a copy of it as a Subject Access Request (SAR). If you wish to know to know what data is held on you, or to make a Subject Access Request, please contact the Data Protection Officer on dpo@iicsa.org.uk or call 020 3789 2136. We do not charge for providing you with this data.

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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.