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Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church

An inquiry into the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church.

The Inquiry welcomed the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Inquiry to investigate, as a matter of priority, the sexual abuse of children within the Church. Allegations of child sexual abuse within the Church of England, the Church in Wales, and other Anglican churches operating in England and Wales (‘the Anglican Church’) are matters of ongoing public concern.

This investigation will assess the appropriateness of safeguarding and child protection policies and practices in the Anglican Church. It will consider the adequacy of the Past Cases Review of the Church of England and the Historic Cases Review of the Church in Wales. As a case study, we will consider the experience of the Diocese of Chichester, where there have been multiple allegations of sexual abuse, and numerous investigations and reviews. We will also consider the case of Peter Ball, formerly Bishop of Lewes and subsequently Bishop of Gloucester, and investigate whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after he was first accused of child sexual offences.

Next Steps:

A public hearing in this investigation took place in July 2019.

A report has now been published into the Diocese of Chichester and Peter Ball case studies and is available to read here. Recommendations made in this report can be found here.

The Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience via our Truth Project.

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