New measures to tackle child abuse in Diocese of Chichester

Worthing Herald

Published on Friday 31 August 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to continue supervising protection of children and vulnerable adults in the Diocese of Chichester after investigators concluded that safeguarding had fallen “woefully short” of what should be expected.

Dr Rowan Williams, who set up an inquiry into child protection policies in the diocese, said the interim report “confirms that there have been many and longstanding failures in implementing a robust and credible safeguarding policy in the Diocese of Chichester”.

Dr Williams appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC as commissaries to conduct the inquiry in the wake of child abuse scandals – the first such appointments for more than 100 years.

In May last year, a review found serious failings in the senior clergy after two priests were allowed to continue working despite being accused of serious child abuse offences.

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