​The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne welcomes the parliamentary inquiry announced today, into the handling of sexual abuse complaints, and will give the inquiry its full co-operation.

The Diocese welcomes this step to provide the community with confidence that churches and religious organisations will handle allegations of abuse with the utmost seriousness and concern, and with the best possible practices, policies and protocols for handling allegations of abuse, and for providing appropriate care for the victims of abuse.

The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne already has a long-established and independent Directorate of Professional Standards to receive complaints, and provides appropriate pastoral care for victims of abuse.

Clergy and church workers within the Diocese of Melbourne also have an existing obligation to report criminal offences and matters of child sexual abuse, and the Office of the Director of Professional Standards co-operates fully with the police in any potentially criminal matters.

The Anglican Church welcomes any measure which strengthens protection for vulnerable children, and in 2009 the Church undertook an independent study of child sexual abuse within the Anglican Church of Australia, the findings of which were made public in June 2009.

Roland Ashby
Communications Director
Mob: 0418 342 561