The death of 'Baby P' was followed by a damaing rush to judgement, says Savi Hensman. She considers the response of the Church of England and how it could be part of the wider task of countering violence and cooperating with other people of goodwill to build a more just and peaceful world.
There has been widespread anger since an inquiry revealed that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham from 1997-2013. Yet many adults in Britain are still in denial about the extent and seriousness of child sexual abuse.
Following public criticism, several embarrassing cases resurfacing from the past and a painstaking subsequent review of procedure, the Church of England has published its "model protocol" for handling child protection cases.
After the jailing of a choirmaster for sexual abuse against children in the 1980s, the Church of England says that the mistake of failing to report an abuser to the police would not happen now. But the case highlights the need for extra vigilance and robust child protection policies.
Amid accusations that it has failed to act properly in abuse cases stemming from the past, the Church of England has made child safety a priority. Its current policies and procedures are demonstrably rigorous and caring, it says.