Methodist Church apologises for historic abuse

In a report published today, the Church says it wants to be open about the past. There have been nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse dating back to the 1950s.

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Channel Islands Methodist Circuit apologises

The Methodist Church in the Channel Islands has reported seven cases of abuse in its ranks.

They're among more than 2,000 cases across the British Isles brought to light today as part of a major inquiry into historical sexual and physical assault against children and adults since the 1950s.

A total of 21 people from the church in Guernsey and Jersey submitted evidence to the independent panel - among them ministers, former ministers and lay preachers.

The head of the Methodist circuit in the Channel Islands has said the church is profoundly sorry for what happened:

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Methodist Church apologises for historic abuse

Hinde Street Methodist Church in central London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Methodist Church in Britain has apologised for failing to protect children and adults following nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse within the institution dating back to the 1950s.

In a 100-page report published today, the church said it wanted to be open about the past, and to have stronger safeguarding procedures in the future.

Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, general secretary of the Methodist Conference said: "On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers in Full Connexion and members of the Methodist Church."

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