Publish date: 17 Mar 2020

The Inquiry announced yesterday that the planned hearings relating to child migration have been postponed until further notice.

Information relating to the timetabling of future hearings will be provided as soon as we are able to do so.

Following the Government’s announcement last night, the Inquiry has activated plans for all staff to start working remotely.  The Inquiry has access to excellent IT and infrastructure allowing our teams to still work effectively. 

The important work of the Inquiry continues. Whilst we will not be doing face-to-face meetings, our witness support team will continue to operate the Talktous phone line and will supporting applicants and other witnesses through this challenging time.  

The Inquiry’s essential investigative work and preparation for announced case studies continues.  Work is underway on reviewing and analysing all the evidence in each of the Christian Brothers, Benedictines and Marists case studies and findings will be published as soon as possible.

Lady Smith has not taken these decisions lightly but we must put the well-being of our applicants, witnesses, staff  and our communities at the forefront of our decisions.  

Further updates will be provided on our website and via Twitter.

Contact can be made with the Inquiry’s witness support team:

By phone on: 0800 0929 300

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