Church of England Failed to Protect Children from Sexual Abusers
Posted on: October 6, 2020
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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published its findings following an investigation into the Church of England.
This phase in the Inquiry concerned the extent to which the Church of England protected children from sexual abuse in the past. It also examined the effectiveness of current safeguarding arrangements.
In respect of the Church of England, the Inquiry has concluded that:-
- The Church of England failed to protect some children and young people from sexual predators.
- The system for child protection in the past was under-resourced.
- Safeguarding personnel were at times ignored and their advice overlooked – this was in favour of protecting the reputation of the clergy and the Church.
During the Public Hearings, which took place in 2019, senior leaders in the Church apologised for its actions.
The report also found that 390 people who held positions of trust in the Church of England have been convicted of sexual offences against children between the 1940s and 2018.
The Inquiry made two key recommendations: –
- The Church of England should create the role of a diocesan safeguarding officer to replace the diocesan safeguarding advisor. These officers should have the authority to make decisions independently of the diocesan bishop in respect of key safeguarding tasks.
- The Church of England should make changes and improvements to the way in which it responds to safeguarding complaints.
The Inquiry also investigated the Church of Wales. The key finding in respect of the Church of Wales was that its provincial safeguarding officers are spread too thinly and there are not enough provincial safeguarding officers to meet the demands of the role – Greater resources both in funding and personnel, are required. The Inquiry recommended that the Church of Wales should make clear that the operational advice of provincial safeguarding officers must be followed by all members of the clergy and other Church officers. Further, in respect of the Church of Wales, the Inquiry recommended that record keeping policies should be introduced relating to safeguarding, complaints and whistleblowing.
Recommendations in respect of both the Church of England and Wales related to the sharing of information and support for victims and survivors.
To read the full report or executive summary CLICK HERE
UPPAL TAYLOR SOLICITORS are specialist civil litigation, public inquiry and child abuse compensation solicitors. They have represented many victims and survivors in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Nottingham/Nottinghamshire Phase, Lambeth Phase and Accountability and Reparations Phase.
If you wish to speak with a solicitor in the strictest of confidence please call 0115 982 0770 or complete our confidential online Inquiry form which can be found HERE