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Inquiry announces publication date for Anglican Church report

7 September 2020

The Inquiry will publish its overarching Anglican Church investigation report at midday on Tuesday 6 October.

This report is based on public hearings held during July 2019, which examined the response of the Church of England and Church in Wales to allegations of child sexual abuse, as well as the adequacy of current safeguarding policies and practices.

The Inquiry heard evidence from senior Church leaders, safeguarding experts and victims and survivors on their views of the Church’s failings and the reparations offered to them. 

As well as evidence heard during that hearing, this report will consider common themes and issues identified by the Inquiry in relation to the Anglican Church as a whole.

The Inquiry previously held public hearings into the Diocese of Chichester and the response to allegations against Bishop Peter Ball. A report into those case studies published in May 2019 concluded that the Church’s response to claims of child sexual abuse was marked by secrecy, prevarication and avoidance of reporting alleged crimes. 

The full report and executive summary will be published on the Inquiry’s website.

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