The Archbishop of York said the Church of England treats child abuse allegations "with the utmost seriousness" as he confirmed he is setting up an independent inquiry into claims against a former cathedral dean.
The Archbishop of York is in the process of setting up an Independent Inquiry specifically into the issues surrounding the reports relating to alleged child abuse by the late Robert Waddington.
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.
A former choirboy who claims he was groomed and abused by an Anglican priest has told ITV News the Church of England helped to cover it up.
A former Archbishop of York has denied covering up allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman sexually abused choirboys.