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Child abuse inquiry

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced on Monday that there will be an inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse in Establishment circles in the 1970s and 80s.

Patrick Wintour The Guardian Theresa May promises child abuse inquiry with ‘maximum transparency’
David Barrett, James Kirkup and Georgia Graham The Telegraph Theresa May launches major new inquiry into child sex abuse allegations

Statement from Bishop of Durham on Government announcement on child abuse inquiries

BBC Bishop of Durham: Abuse inquiry ‘good first phase’

It was later announced that the inquiry was to be headed by Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former president of the Family Division of the High Court. There has been criticism of this choice.

BBC Ex-senior judge Butler-Sloss to head child sex abuse inquiry
Nicholas Watt The Guardian Lady Butler-Sloss to lead child abuse inquiry

Nicholas Watt The Guardian ‘Conflict of interest’ raised over Butler-Sloss role in child abuse inquiry
David Barrett and Matthew Holehouse The Telegraph Baroness Butler-Sloss criticised over previous ‘flawed’ paedophile report

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The ten year old report on the Chichester Cathedral child abuse scandal has also been published and can be found at http://chichester.anglican.org/documents/documentation/carmi-report

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One of the comments in the report warns of ‘confusion between homosexuality and child abuse. Until the church is able to confront prejudice about sexuality, and provide an environment where individuals are able to be open about this area of their life, the risk is that mistake will happen again’.