Martyn Percy cleared again: CofE safeguarding goes from tragedy to farce

Dec 9, 2020 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer: It has been reported that the Church of England’s Director of Safeguarding, Melissa Caslake, has tendered her resignation after only 18 months in the post, and will be leaving at the turn of the year to take up a position as Director of Children’s Services at Devon County Council. She leaves with the good wishes of both the Lead Safeguarding Bishop, the Rt Rev’d Dr Jonathan Gibbs, and her direct line manager, the Secretary-General of the Archbishops’...

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Lead Safeguarding Bishop to critics: “You don’t understand”

Aug 17, 2020 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer: Considering the experiences they have been through, and the historically indifferent responses of the Church of England to their suffering, many of those who survived sexual abuse are surprisingly positive in supporting each other as their campaign for justice has unfolded. There are even occasional outbreaks of levity. As we sought signatures for the letter seeking a Charity Commission inquiry into the Church’s safeguarding policy and practices, one of...

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The Church’s idea of justice is an unholy mess

Aug 11, 2020 by

by Charles Moore, Telegraph: John Smyth QC was a sadist. In the Seventies and Eighties, he perverted his power as a leading Christian evangelical to win the trust of unhappy teenage youths and then beat them mercilessly. He claimed to be purifying them for Jesus. I have written about their ordeal for the Telegraph before. Far too late – and after Smyth’s death in 2018 – the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team launched an inquiry. At the time, Smyth’s evil deeds were covered up. In...

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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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