IICSA, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, published on 6 October its overarching investigation report into the Anglican Church in England and Wales, based primarily on public hearings held in July 2019. The 154-page report makes eight principal recommendations about a range of issues including the Church’s response to victims and survivors, which is an absolute priority.

In common with the Church as a whole, the cathedral apologises deeply to anyone affected by the Church’s failures to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, and our main focus now must be to recognise the distress caused to victims and survivors. We wholeheartedly endorse the importance of the report’s recommendations for improving support for victims and survivors, to which we are completely committed. The Dean, Michael Tavinor agrees: ‘I pray for all survivors and victims of abuse of any kind, for healing, and that the recognition of past errors will ensure the prevention of any such actions in the future.  I commend the learnings from, and the conclusions of, this report to everyone’.

We also note the recommendations regarding the structure of safeguarding in the Church, and Hereford Cathedral will be working together with the diocese to ensure that, where necessary, any changes are made to ensure implementation of the report’s recommendations.

If you are affected by the publication of this report and want to talk to someone, please contact the cathedral’s Safeguarding Team or the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or [email protected].