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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence on Historical Abuse

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The following information is to help survivors speak out about non-recent abuse experienced while in the care of a Methodist institution or when a Methodist institution was responsible for the abuser having contact with the survivor.

Further Methodist Children's homes information may be obtained by emailing the Archives team.

All other queries should be emailed to the General Secretary or telephone 0800 CONNEX ext 824 (0800 266 639 ext 824).

In response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse of Children in Care

August 2019

The Methodist Church is committed to providing safe environments where individuals are treated with respect and dignity and where unwelcome and unacceptable sexual behaviour is prohibited.

The Methodist Church supports the Government's Royal Commission of Inquiry into historic abuse in state care and the widening of the terms of reference to include faith based institutions. A copy of the terms of reference can be found here.

The Methodist Church takes all reports of abuse seriously and we are committed to the prevention of abuse and to dealing with abuse, suspected abuse or disclosure of abuse in a timely fashion.

The Methodist Church is committed to doing all it can to provide consistent and compassionate redress and resolution. We seek to make amends for what happened in the past and to identify how we can best offer support in the future.

We respect the rights of survivors of abuse to control how they deal with the harm they experienced. We are committed to do no harm to survivors, and to avoid re-traumatisation of survivors and their families.

The Methodist Church is committed to actively contributing to the healing and justice process for survivors of abuse. We are committed to transparency and will seek to address issues and challenges with compassion and humility.

We will offer an apology to anyone who was abused while in our care and in consultation with those affected, actively seek ways to make amends for what happened and offer support through the redress and resolution process and in the future.

The Methodist Church has created an independent formal process for any person who was abused while in Methodist care to seek redress and resolution for that abuse.