The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is to set up an independent inquiry into allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman had abused children. The late Very Rev Robert Waddington stands accused of abusing choirboys and school pupils.
When any church related abuse comes to light the church's first concern must be for the victim offering support and apologising for the abuse, acknowledging that the effects can be lifelong. When the inquiry makes its report the Archbishop will make its findings public . The Church of England continues to review its child protection and safeguarding policies regularly to ensure that the church is a safe place for all. Child abuse is a heinous and personally damaging crime, it is therefore incumbent on the church to treat such matters with the utmost seriousness."