In FXF v Ampleforth Abbey Trustees [2020] EWHC 791 (QB), the High Court considered whether a report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was admissible in civil proceedings.


IICSA was established under the Inquiry Act 2005 following serious concerns that institutions had failed, and continued to fail, to protect children from abuse. IICSA’s remit was to consider the extent of any institutional failures and make recommendations for the future protection of children.

In FXF, the claimant alleged sexual abuse in the late 1960s by a priest and she was put to proof. In support, among other things, the claimant relied on hearsay evidence that her mother had comp...

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