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New guidelines to help churches support abuse victims

From Christian Today

The Church of England has issued new guidelines to churches to help them respond to victims of sexual abuse.

The document, titled Responding Well, contains new policy and guidance on good practice authorised by the House of Bishops.

The working group that drew up the document included experts in safeguarding and victims of sexual abuse.

It builds on the Time for Action resource published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland in 2002, which encouraged church denominations to devise their own policies and guidance on sexual abuse.

The new document advises churches on how to respond as positively and constructively as possible to people who have suffered abuse.

Speaking at the launch at General Synod yesterday, National Safeguarding Adviser Elizabeth Hall said Responding Well was a response to the challenge laid down by Time for Action.

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