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Posted by Fr. Allan J. McDonald at Saturday, April 01, 2017
Church of England implementing new rules to prevent clergy sexual abuse
CHRISTIAN TODAY CONTRIBUTING WRITER
31 March 2017
The Church of England has issued a progress report, one year on from the publication of a major report into safeguarding in the Church.
The Elliot Report, issued in 2016, came as a result of investigations into ‘the treatment of ‘Joe’, a victim of clergy sexual abuse. ‘Joe’ reported that he had disclosed information about the abuse he suffered on several occasions but hadn’t received an adequate response.
As a result, a number of measures were put in place, which the Church now says it is implementing fully. These include, ‘Strengthening of the training for handling disclosures with a bespoke module for bishops and senior church staff; an independent audit of safeguarding in all dioceses, due to be completed at the end of the year; further plans to work more closely with survivors to learn from their experience.’
At the time the report was received the Church said the Archbishop of Canterbury would ensure that all recommendations were implemented as soon as possible.