This project is mapping inquiries into historical child abuse that have proliferated since the 1990s. Its aim is to develop a publicly available web resource containing information on inquiries across the globe.
It focuses in particular on investigations into ‘institutional child abuse’, which encompasses a range of settings, typically outside the family but including arrangements such as foster care.
In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in the establishment of historical abuse inquiries internationally. However, there is currently little knowledge of their scope and geographical spread.
This resource is a work in progress. It aims to extend understandings of inquiries in the present and recent past by documenting and categorizing their key features. The limited number of inquiries currently listed will be progressively updated as the research progresses.
Inquiries are currently being added by region. During the first phase of the project, we are focusing on Australia, the UK and Europe.
Data on state apologies is currently being generated. It will be added to The Age of Inquiry web resource shortly.
The project brings together a team of scholars from Australia and Europe and actively encourages contributions from other researchers with expertise in this field.