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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Anglican Church Investigation Report


B.3.1: Introduction

1. In the Church of England, the procedure for managing most disciplinary complaints made about the clergy is set out in the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 (CDM).[1] In 2017 (the last date for which figures were available), disciplinary measures were taken against 39 clergy. The Church of England is unable to confirm how many of those related to safeguarding matters.[2] The CDM is not specific to safeguarding allegations and a member of clergy may face disciplinary action under the CDM for a broad range of allegations and issues. This section focuses upon how the CDM functions in relation to safeguarding matters, which may include allegations of abuse by members of clergy as well as allegations that members of clergy failed to have ‘due regard’ to the safeguarding policies of the House of Bishops.



  1. ACE002230. There are residual powers for disciplining someone about ritual and doctrine under the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure but these are not relevant for safeguarding purposes.
  2. ACE027643_080
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