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Sharing information with the national Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

​Rochdale Borough Council is the second of 13 investigations and public hearings being carried out by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), previously known as the Goddard Inquiry.

IICSA was set up in 2014 "to investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales".

About the inquiry

The main focus of the inquiry in relation to Rochdale is a voluntary association hostel for working boys, called Cambridge House, which operated from 1961 to 1965, and a residential school called Knowl View that was open between 1969 and 1994. A public hearing is due to be held between 9 and 17 October 2017 in London and the inquiry intends to publish a report or other information showing what happened in Rochdale.

As IICSA is a statutory inquiry established under the Inquiries Act 2005, it has the power to compel organisation to provide any relevant documents they hold to the Inquiry. This means that the council has provided many thousands of pages of records dating back to the time.  Some of these documents contain personal information about people who have used Rochdale's services, or who worked for or with the council in the past.

The inquiry is responsible for the documents given to it and ensuring that information is removed or anonymised. It has detailed guidance in place covering sensitive information and compliance with the Data Protection Act. The council is identifying information to be reviewed where this is possible, but the Inquiry takes the final decision on this. Information could be removed, anonymised or de-personalised as part of this process. 

Inquiry protocol on the redaction of documents - removing and anonymising information

What to do if you're concerned about personal information

If you're concerned that your personal information may have been shared with the Inquiry, please email or telephone 01706 924040, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, and we'll do our best to assist you.