Sunday 11 December 2016

Church of Ireland 'express sincere concern' following alleged sex assault of student at prestigious Dublin school

Published 01/12/2016 | 13:20

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The Church of Ireland have issued a statement following the alleged sexual assault of a 13- year old boy at a prestigious private school.

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"Following news of an alleged sexual assault at [the school], we express our sincere concern and offer our thoughts and prayers for the child and family at the centre of this incident," read the statement from Archbishop Richard Clarke, Archbishop Michael Jackson and Bishop Pat Storey.

"We trust that the process of investigation by the statutory authorities will bring about a just outcome, and we also pray for the wellbeing of the pupils and staff of the school at this difficult time."

Gardaí have launched an investigation following the sexual assault allegation at the Dublin school.

In the statement issued to media, the Church of Ireland confirmed the concerned school to be the King's Hospital School.

It is believed up to eight other pupils were involved in the alleged incident, which took place last Thursday.

Gardaí and child and family agency Tusla have begun investigations into the matter.

The school is understood to have suspended the eight pupils allegedly involved in the incident, pending the outcome of investigations.

However, the victim of the assault has remained in the school after his parents agreed that he should continue his studies.

Board members of the school have agreed to meet to discuss the allegation.

The board have declined to comment on the case.

Under child protection guidelines, any suspicion of abuse against a child must be reported without delay.

It is a requirement that reports be made directly to gardaí if it is believed the child remains in risk of danger.

In matters of child abuse, an employee or volunteer should never promise to keep secret, any information which is divulged.

The young person should be informed only those who need to know will be told.

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