The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) have released a new report Child protection in religious organisations and settings, which has examined evidence from 38 differing religious organisations in England and Wales,.
Chairwoman of the inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay, said:
“Religious organisations are defined by their moral purpose of teaching right from wrong and protection of the innocent and the vulnerable. However, when we heard about shocking failures to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse across almost all major religions, it became clear many are operating in direct conflict with this mission.”
The report makes a number of recommendations to protect children, which include implementing child protection policies, and training and procedures for all religious organisations around disclosures of sexual abuse and the needs of victims and survivors.
To read the full report, please visit the IICSA website. *Please note, the report contains details that may be triggering.*