Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Lambeth

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) chaired by Professor Alexis Jay OBE was set up by the government following concerns that some organisations had failed to protect children from child sexual abuse.

IICSA announced in November 2015 that it would be undertaking 12 separate investigations, including one into “the extent of any institutional failures to protect children in the care of Lambeth Council from sexual abuse and exploitation”. It began the full hearings of its investigation into “Children in the care of Lambeth Council”, on Monday 29 June 2020 and published its final report on the council on Tuesday 27 July 2021

Following the release of the inquiry’s report, Lambeth council wishes to re-state our sincere and heartfelt apology to all victims and survivors of abuse and neglect whilst in Lambeth’s care.  The Council, which was responsible for their care and protection, failed to do so with profound consequences. The council is deeply sorry for their experiences.

Follow the links below for our response to the report and information on support available if you are affected by any of the issues raised.

Response to the release of the IICSA report on Lambeth Council

Our response to the report, including information on how we have changed and our action plan to continue to keep children safe now and in the future.

Leader’s statement in response to the IICSA report

Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Council has released a video statement following the publication of the report. Watch the video or read the transcript.

Frequently asked questions

Responses to frequently asked questions, including more information about the background to the report and our Redress Scheme.

Advice and support

If you feel anxious or upset by any of the issues talked about in the public hearings or the final report, support is available.