​The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne welcomes the report by the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations, which has been released today.

“We thank the committee members for their careful, thorough and patient work, and also the State Government for establishing the inquiry.  It is vitally important that victims have been given the opportunity to be heard in this public way, and that church processes and protocols have been rigorously scrutinised to investigate where improvements need to be made,” said Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier.

He said the Anglican Church would study the findings of the report closely. “It is crucial that children be protected from abuse, and that we continue to strive to ensure that our protocols and processes meet the standards the community expects of us,” Dr Freier said.

He said the Anglican Church supported the report’s key recommendations, and would continue to provide full co-operation with the State Government in implementing whatever is necessary in order to ensure that children are adequately protected, and that victims of abuse are treated with compassion, justice and equity.

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