In a blog last week we discussed how The former Archbishop of York, Lord Hope, has been accused of failing to report serious allegations of child abuse by a senior clergyman, Robert Waddington.
Lord Hope denied such failings, stating that he adhered to the child protection guidelines in place at the time. He said he was under no obligation to report the allegations to the police or child protection agencies. Lord Hope also stated that Waddington placed no risk to the children given his serious ill health following cancer surgery.
The Times newspaper reported new evidence today from various abuse victims which shows that Waddington allegedly continued to abuse young boys during the time that he was considered too ill and frail to pose a threat to children. The abuse is alleged to have continued after allegations were made about him to Lord Hope in 1999, 2003 and 2005. It is clear these allegations were not taken seriously or dealt with properly resulting in Waddington dying in 2007 without facing a criminal investigation. This once again emphasises the importance of mandatory reporting. These allegations should have been reported in order to prevent Waddington from continuing to abuse the young victims.
The Times further reports that the criminal investigation into Chetham’s School of Music, Operation Kiso, confirmed last night that Waddington was a school governor and also a trustee or governor of its charitable foundation between September 1984 and September 1993. A former pupil of Chethams has discussed how he and several other boys who attended the school and sang in the cathedral choir were targeted by the priest. This victim met Waddington in 1993 and was victim to frequent indecent assaults over a period of years. For more information about the investigation into abuse at music schools please read our blog entitled 'Our Child Abuse Solicitors on obtaining justice for the victims of abuse at music schools'
At Slater and Gordon Lawyers we have a specialist team of Abuse Lawyers who are currently assisting former Chethams School pupils. If anyone would like to discuss this article or has been the victim of abuse, either at Chethams School of Music or elsewhere and would like to speak to a member of our specialist abuse team we are more than happy to speak to them free of charge. Please contact a member of our team on 020 7657 1658/1653/1502. Any communication will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
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