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The Late Robert Waddington, formerly Dean of Manchester

Following allegations of abuse, the Archbishop of York set up an independent Inquiry chaired by Her Honour Judge Sally Cahill QC. That Inquiry has now been published and the Archbishop of York and other senior clergy have responded.

Ordained Deacon in 1953, Waddington began his career as curate at St John’s, Bethnal Green 1953-56. Afterwards he was Chaplain at Slade School in Warwick, Queensland, 1956-59. After 18 months as curate of St Luke’s Chesterton, in Ely Diocese, he returned to Australia to become Headmaster of St. Barnabas School, Ravenshoe, where he remained until 1971.  Returning to England he became a Canon Residentiary at Carlisle Cathedral and Bishop’s Adviser for Education 1972-77, then General Secretary of the Church of England’s General Synod Board of Education and General Secretary of the National Society  from 1977-84 until becoming Dean of Manchester Cathedral in 1984. He retired to York in 1993 and died in 2007.

Following allegations of abuse, the Archbishop of York set up an independent Inquiry chaired by Her Honour Judge Sally Cahill QC.  A request for evidence to that Inquiry in relation to complaints about alleged abuse by Waddington, and the Church’s response to those complaints, was widely publicised.

Judge Cahill completed her report at the end of July and there was then a delay while all the people referred to in the report were consulted, and the Archbishop met Judge Cahill.  The report was published on Wednesday 22nd October. 

The Dean of Carlisle, the Very Revd Mark Boyling, said, “I am very grateful for the care that has been taken with this investigation. Even now it is not too late for people to come forward.  Meanwhile we continue to be vigilant and constantly to review and update our safeguarding procedures.  Our churches and cathedrals must be safe places for everyone.”

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, said, “I and many others are deeply saddened by abuse and our failures to deal with it properly.  We would do all in our power to support anyone coming forward.  We are keeping all those caught up in this matter in our prayers.”

Responses from the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Manchester can be found at:



Anyone wanting to inform the Statutory Authorities of past or present abuse can speak to a Local Authority Designated Officer, who can be contacted through your Local Safeguarding Children Board.

If anyone would value support from people who have been through similar experiences, they can contact MACSAS, Minsters and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors. MACSAS is a support group for women and men from Christian backgrounds who have been sexually abused by Ministers or Clergy, as children or as adults. Please see their website at

The following groups may also be of help:

  • NSPCC: Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (24 hours, every day)
  • Childline: Helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours)
  • Survivors UK : Helpline: 0845 122 1201
  • The National Association of People Abused in Childhood: Helpline: 0800 085 3330

Local Contacts:

Cumbria Safeguarding Children Board:  01228 226831 or 01228 226898

Diocese of Carlisle Independent Safeguarding Adviser: Robert Parks:  07775 290139



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