The Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham has praised the new openness in discussing child abuse.
At a study day held in Birmingham at the weekend, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said the Church would always assist bodies helping children at risk to prevent abuse.
The Archbishop, who is also chairman of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (COPCA), was speaking at Newman College, at the event to explore how more could be done to tackle abuse.
He said: "I am glad the abuse of children is now spoken about so much more openly. This enables us to acknowledge the terrible hurt that is caused and to work hard both in response to these tragic events and in preventing them.
"We can see in their work one of the ways in which the grace of God is present in our world."
The theme of the event, which was organised by the Birmingham Churches Together, was Grace, Forgiveness and Trust: Challenges for Churches in Child Protection.