There are four important parts to how this Inquiry works.
It begins with setting guidelines, then moves into an information and evidence gathering phase, before the reports are produced to help the government decide what to do in the future.
At the beginning of the Inquiry guidelines are set about our focus and timeframe.
Information is collected from survivors at private sessions and by the Inquiry's research team. This information will be made anonymous and be used in reports and to work out themes for public hearings.
Public hearings are a way to gather evidence and come up with findings about what happened and where the system failed.
Two reports will be created for the government based on the evidence gathered - one at the end of 2020 and the second in 2023.