Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

07/02/2018

TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH

With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan
www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has not gone away.

In March 2015 this statutory inquiry was established to consider growing evidence of institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse. The inquiry will make recommendations to ensure the best possible protection for children in future.

It is estimated that one in 20 children has been sexually abused. In the year prior to the Inquiry being established there were 28,000 recorded sexual offences where the victim was under 16 and there are likely to have been many more not reported to the police.

The Inquiry is chaired by Prof Alexis Jay OBE who led the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham South Yorkshire where it is estimated 1400 children were exploited between 1997 and 2013.

The Anglican Church is one of 13 investigations - each one giving a voice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. Within the Inquiry is The Truth Project- this is for victims and survivors to share their experiences.

On March 5, three weeks of public hearings will commence.

In addition two case studies will be considered - the Diocese of Chichester and the Peter Ball case which was reviewed by Dame Moira Gibb last year.

Each diocese has submitted considerable documentation to the Inquiry so whilst the Diocese of Newcastle is not a case study, how we have responded to cases of child sexual abuse will form part of the evidence about the Anglican Church and recommendations from the Inquiry will affect every diocese.

For more information about the Inquiry: www.iicsa.org.uk

The Truth Project can be contacted via 0800 9171000 or here.

The Chronicle featured an article about the launch of the Truth Project in the North East which can be read here.

Finally, you can contact me at r.rogan@newcastle.anglican.org

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