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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was established as a statutory inquiry on 12 March 2015 to consider the growing evidence of institutional failures to protect children from child sexual abuse, and to make recommendations to ensure the best possible protection for children in future.

One of their current investigations is looking at child protection in religious organisations and settings.  BUGB chose to be a core participant in this inquiry, which has reviewed the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions that have a significant presence in England and Wales.  The inquiry's report is due to be published in the summer of 2021. We believe that participation is part of our commitment to excellence in safeguarding, and that the inquiry process will provide helpful feedback on our safeguarding approach.
 

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Guidance to charities and charity trustees.
Churches have a legal responsibility to report serious incidents to the Charity Commission.
Investigations into child protection in religious organisations