Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA

On 6th  October the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA, published its Investigation Report, The Anglican Church – Safeguarding in the Church of England and the Church in Wales.

The report makes eight principal recommendations about a range of issues, including the Church’s response to victims and survivors, which is an absolute priority.

The executive summary and recommendations can be read here and the full report can be read here.

We commend the thoroughness and rigour with which the enquiry team have conducted the review and we look forward to the Church of England responding positively to the recommendations outlined in the report.

In response to the publication of the report the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, Rt Revd Paul Williams said,

“The IICSA report released yesterday is very harrowing reading and reveals the extent of the shameful failings of the Church of England to be a safe place for children. Every case of abuse is appalling but so is the failure of those in positions of authority to act on what was brought to their attention. The culture of deference within an institution in which these failings took place must continue to be challenged and change.

Church of England safeguarding practice has improved considerably in the past few years with increased investment in training for all clergy and church officers. Yet we must continue to put in place the further changes that are necessary and implement the substantial recommendations of IICSA. We should also properly support those whose suffering will never be alleviated either by this report or the unreserved apology of the Church.”

Julian Hodgson, Safeguarding Advisor for the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham added, “ The lessons that we need to learn on this report are equally applicable to the safeguarding of adults as the need for openness, understanding, and action is the same.”

If the matters raised in this report prompt you or someone you know to seek help or advice please contact Julian Hodgson and Lucy Grimsey or call 01636 817200 and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.

If you or anyone you are in contact with would prefer to talk to someone independently please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056  or email: safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk There are also other support services available.