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Child sex abuse inquiry to begin 'truth project' work in Wales

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The Wales office of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is to be officially opened today.

The inquiry will investigate allegations of historic child abuse at public bodies and other institutions across England and Wales.

Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the probe, will attend a launch event in Cardiff.

It will also mark the start of the inquiry's "truth project" in Wales, through which victims and survivors of abuse can share their experiences.

I am delighted be in Cardiff today to meet with representatives from across Wales to discuss the work of the Inquiry.

In particular, we want to highlight how victims and survivors can share their experiences with us as part of the Truth Project.

– Professor Alexis Jay, Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

We acknowledge the courage that it takes to share an experience of child sexual abuse but each experience shared will make an important contribution to the work of the Inquiry.

Victims and survivors can share their experiences with the Inquiry in a safe and secure environment during a private session. Specialist support will be available to each person who engages with the Truth Project.

They can be accompanied by a family member, friend or other support person of their choice.

– Chris Tuck, inquiry's victims' and survivors' consultative panel

Last week, Professor Jay, who is the inquiry's fourth chair, unveiled her strategy to complete most of its work by 2020.

The inquiry has been mired in controversy since it was launched in 2014.