Analysis of complaints of child sexual abuse received by Anglican Church dioceses in Australia

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

March 2017

ISBN 978-1-925622-06-5

Executive Summary

The Royal Commission has conducted a comprehensive survey of the 23 Anglican Church dioceses in Australia to gather data about the extent of complaints of child sexual abuse received by Anglican Church dioceses. 

A substantial proportion of the people who contacted the Royal Commission made allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in Anglican Church institutions. As at the end of 2016, of all people who attended a private session with a Commissioner, 60 per cent reported that they were abused in a faith-based institution and of those, 15 per cent reported that they were abused in an institution managed by the Anglican Church. Of all people who attended a private session, almost nine per cent reported that they were abused in an institution managed by the Anglican Church. Institutions managed by the Anglican Church were the second most reported faith-based institution by people who attended private sessions, with institutions managed by the Catholic Church being the most reported (37 per cent).

The Royal Commission contracted Sphere Company to develop the survey necessary for the data collection; clean and analyse the data; and produce this report.