This week has seen the report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), with much for the Church to repent of, learn from and change. At Coventry Cathedral we take safeguarding very seriously and have implemented all the recommendations of our own independent safeguarding audit from October 2019, recognising that there is still more to do as we make this journey.
Bishop Christopher and the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Sarah Price, issued a joint statement, which we wholeheartedly support.
“The report summarises the Church of England’s failures in safeguarding, and our primary focus is upon recognising the distress caused to victims and survivors. We unreservedly apologise to all victims and survivors of abuse. We endorse the report’s recommendations, and we will work with the National Safeguarding Team to implement them as quickly as possible. While there has been improvement in recent years, we very much regret that in some areas progress has been too slow. We are committed to making all the church communities in the Diocese of Coventry safe places for everyone.”
As a place of reconciliation, we take very seriously our calling to heal the wounds of history and to practice the work of repentance, represented in the Cathedral’s Litany of Reconciliation, which seeks forgiveness for our collective failures.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,
The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,
The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,
Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,
Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,
The lust which dishonours the bodies of men, women and children,
The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,
Our Diocesan Safeguarding Team is here to help all victims and survivors of abuse – both within and beyond the Church. If you want to disclose any safeguarding concerns or allegations, please ring us on 024 7652 1345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org