The Anglican Diocese of Grafton in northern New South Wales has apologised to victims who suffered abuse over decades at a church-run children's home.
The Diocese received a number of claims in 2006 about abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore between the 1940s and 1980s.
Thirty-nine were settled but two people did not accept the conditions and seven others later came forward with similar claims.
In May this year the Right Reverend Keith Slater resigned as bishop.
He admitted to not passing on all complaints to the church's professional standards director, saying legal liability questions clouded the issue.
The church has now offered an unreserved apology to those who suffered sexual abuse, harsh punishment or a lack of appropriate or nurturing care.
It also asks forgiveness for the unacceptable manner in which those who reported abuse in recent years were hindered by church leaders.
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