Baptist Union of Great Britain has been granted core participant status in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has been granted core participant status in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) investigation regarding child protection in religious organisations and settings. The investigation will be thematic and review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in non-conformist Christian and other faith-based organisations in England and Wales. It will not be looking at individual organisations or cases.
Safeguarding representatives from the Baptist Union participated in preliminary discussions related to this new stream of inquiry work at the start of the year. On May 2, IICSA announced the investigation and the first preliminary hearing was held on 23 July. The second preliminary hearing will take place on 14 January 2020 and the full enquiry Inquiry will begin on 16 March.
Rachel Stone, the national lead on safeguarding for the Baptist Union says “We welcome the opportunity to be a Core Participant and to actively contribute to the Inquiry. We are keen to learn and engage whilst continuing to support and challenge our member churches as we aspire to excellence in safeguarding. We look forward to participating in the sharing of good practice and finding new ways to train and equip those who work with children and young people in faith-based settings.”
25 July 2019