Zurich insures a number of institutions involved in the protection of children, some of whom have a history involving cases of abuse. These institutions include religious organisations, schools, care providers, local councils and police forces, for example. This means we have relevant experience and expertise in the management of abuse claims and cases.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (known as IICSA) was originally set up by the UK Government 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. The Inquiry is currently chaired by Professor Alexis Jay.
The role of insurers in delivering appropriate reparations for victims and survivors of abuse is a particular focus area for the Inquiry. In order to contribute to this work, Zurich applied for, and was granted, Core Participant status. As a Core Participant we will be actively involved in engaging with the Inquiry to provide evidence and expertise in areas relating to the role of insurers in abuse claims.