Double standards — the National Safeguarding Team’s treatment of George Carey v Stephen Cottrell

Jun 30, 2020 by

by Julian Mann, Anglican Ink: If the next Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, were not so woke, would he have received mercy from the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team? Cottrell, who on July 9th replaces John Sentamu as the CofE’s second most senior cleric, this week admitted to a safeguarding failure when he was the suffragan Bishop of Reading in 2010. After the various abuse scandals that have rocked the established Church in the past five years, bishops are no longer masters...

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Cottrell and Carey: why is some safeguarding secret, while others are thrown to the media?

Jun 30, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: It was announced yesterday that the Rt Rev’d Stephen Cottrell, who next week is to be formally installed as the 98th Archbishop of York, had been investigated over a past failure of safeguarding. The incident is a decade old, and concerned domestic abuse. “I am deeply distressed and extremely sorry,” he said in a contrite statement. He added: “..in my new position as Archbishop of York it is absolutely essential that I am open and transparent about the need for the whole...

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The Church gets in a disciplinary mess

Jun 19, 2020 by

By Andrew Carey, Church of England Newspaper: The Church of England is in a mess as far as its disciplinary processes and its safeguarding measures are concerned. From observing its processes up close and personal in the last couple of years, it is clear that at the highest levels some of the key Church officers find it impossible to keep up with their workload. They do not follow through on their own initiatives and seem not to understand the devastating effect of that failure on those they...

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Core Issues Trust Releases 2020 Safeguarding Document

May 13, 2020 by

Core Issues Trust supports the notion of preventive Safeguarding.  Early in 2013, we first published “Out of Harm’s Way: Working Ethically with Same-Sex Attracted Persons”[1]. In this document, Out of Harm’s Way: Safeguarding at Core Issues Trust (2020), we recognise the need to also have in place robust policies touching recruitment, volunteering and screening, and to ensure we develop a suitable code of conduct for all our associates and association.  We recognise the need for suitable...

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Nobody knows Nobody’s Friends

Aug 26, 2019 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer: People of a certain age might remember that the motorcycle patrolmen of the Automobile Association was once a common sight on British roads. Members sported badges on the fronts of their cars which, when spotted, caused the uniformed patrolmen to salute you. If you were a member and your car developed a mechanical fault or puncture, technology being less reliable then, you could make your way to a roadside box, similar to a police box (younger readers,...

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Church warden who murdered 69 year old almost chosen for ordination training

Aug 11, 2019 by

By Cara Bentley, Premier: Benjamin Field, the son of a Baptist minister, was five days away from possibly being selected for ordination when he was arrested for murder. The 28 year old was found guilty at Oxford Crown Court of killing Peter Farquhar, a member of St Mary’s (Stowe parish church), in order to inherit his house and money. He also persuaded retired headmistress Ann Moore-Martin, a Catholic, to change her will in his favour and wrote messages on the mirror claiming to be from...

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