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Robert Waddington - Independent Inquiry To Be Established

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Saturday 11th May 2013

A statement from the Office of the Archbishop of York regarding allegations relating to the late Robert Waddington follows...

'The Archbishop of York is in the process of setting up an Independent Inquiry specifically into the issues surrounding the reports relating to alleged child abuse by the late Robert Waddington. When any church related abuse comes to light the Church's first concern must be for the victim offering support and apologising for the abuse, acknowledging that the effects can be lifelong. When the Inquiry makes its report the Archbishop will make its findings public. The Church of England continues to review its Child Protection and Safeguarding policies regularly to ensure that the Church is a safe place for all. Child abuse is a heinous and personally damaging crime, it is therefore incumbent on the Church to treat such matters with the utmost seriousness.'

Notes to Editors:

1. The Terms of Reference and membership of the independent inquiry will be announced in due course.

2. The Archbishop of York is not available for further comment on this matter at the current time.

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