On October 6th, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published its Report on the Church of England (and Church in Wales). You’ve probably heard the headlines – it has featured widely in the news.
The Report is available for anyone to download from the IICSA website, and it makes very hard reading. Summarising its main findings, the authors write:
All of this is shocking and abhorrent, and there can be no excuse for any of it.
The Archbishops, and the Bishop of Sheffield, have all publicly admitted the mistakes of the past, and committed themselves to taking action. As a church we take notice of all the recommendations and the outcome of the report. While we have had no cases identified we still feel the pain caused by many due to actions of the national church. We must not be complacent.
We all have a shared responsibility to make St Timothy’s safe for all members of our congregation. We have policies and procedures in place, that are regularly reviewed. We want them to be as robust as we can make them. Siobhan Melville is our Parish Safeguarding Officer, and we encourage anyone to raise any safeguarding concerns with her. All our paid staff and volunteers are required to complete safeguarding training. We are transparent about safeguarding, and our annual report includes information about whether safeguarding concerns have been raised, and any outcomes.
If you have any questions or concerns, we want to hear from you. We know that the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is paramount, and we want to make sure this takes precedence over all other considerations.
You can call me on 07305 859278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the full report at https://www.iicsa.org.uk/publications/investigation/anglican-church
If you, or anyone you are in contact with, are affected by the publication of this report and want to talk to someone independently you can call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or email: email@example.com