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Dec 22 2019 – “Church Safeguarding – Not a prayer” – Private Eye

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https://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/update-on-safe-spaces-following-media-report/#comments

Update on Safe Spaces following media report

The Church of England issued the press release below today. It appears to be in response to an article in Private Eye which was tweeted here yesterday.

Update on Safe Spaces following media report
21/12/2019

A spokesperson for the National Safeguarding Team said: “Safe Spaces is planned as a vital support service for survivors of church-related abuse across the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

“The delay in progressing the support service, first officially discussed in 2014, is a matter of regret which the Church of England acknowledges and apologises for. But since the appointment of a project manager and the creation of the Safe Spaces Management Board last year eight survivor representatives from across both Churches are involved in ensuring we find the right organisation to deliver the project.

“Their knowledge, skill and personal experience in shaping the model for Safe Spaces alongside their commitment and support for the procurement process is integral to finding the right organisation to deliver the project.

“All grant money from both churches and ATL has been ring fenced for the project and no money from the £592,000 grant has been spent to date, and no new company has been set up. Pre set-up costs, procurement, project management and development are separate to this and the cost is being shared across both Churches.

“Following an initial procurement process, the Board has agreed that it would not be recommending the appointment of a preferred supplier to deliver the project; this decision was taken in partnership with the survivor representatives.

“Over the coming weeks the Board in partnership with survivors will agree the next steps and the best way forward. Survivor voices remain central to any future success of this new service and their welfare and support is an absolute priority for the Church in its continuing safeguarding work.

“Both churches are committed to supporting survivors of church-related abuse and providing an independent national service for survivors of any form of church-related abuse.”

COMMENTS
Janet Fife

‘since the appointment of a project manager and the creation of the Safe Spaces Management Board last year eight survivor representatives from across both Churches are involved in ensuring we find the right organisation to deliver the project.’ I’m glad they are involving survivors in this, although I suspect they aren’t asking some who have been most vocal. I’m sure Matt Ineson would have something to say – and until the Church is ready to hear him, and Gilo, and “Graham’, and others, it won’t get very far. But as the project manager and board were appointed ‘last year’ –… Read more »

Martin Sewell

The Church seems to have lost the plot on this. One cannot hear of the delay and the associated costs without a rising sense of anger. Questions must be asked and more importantly – answered. This is not said in a vindictive sense but simply to seek an answer to the plainest of questions. “ How did the main thing cease to be the main thing?” The need was there, the victims known, the resource was available. It ought to have been possible to scope and deliver something for survivors within a year, by any team of competent managers. If… Read more »

Fr. Dean Henley

Presumably when she was the Chief Nurse the Bishop of London must have overseen projects far bigger than this one. Why has everyone involved been so inept, had no sense of urgency given their rhetoric on safeguarding. Old school politicians such as Lord Carrington resigned when there were serious failings such as this; why haven’t senior bishops resigned over this pitiful episode? Thank God for Private Eye and a free press!

This doesn’t look good. Depressing really. Am I a fool to be surprised at the prevarication, the EIG involvement and the procurement story, especially 2buy2. “They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour: they do but flatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart.” Why not let the survivors run the project completely? OK, I know why not.

December 18 2017 – “The Archbishop of Canterbury has come under fire; but there are things to celebrate too” – Heathcliff O’Malley – The Daily Telegraph

The Archbishop of Canterbury has come under fire; but there are things to celebrate too

Justin Welby has come under criticism from several sources CREDIT: HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH/HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY

 

It has been a difficult time for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Justin Welby has been criticised by one of his predecessors, Lord Carey, for sacking him over the way sexual assault allegations against a bishop were investigated.

This came just days after an independent report from Lord Carlile QC found the Church had besmirched the reputation of George Bell, the late bishop of Chichester, by failing “to engage in a process which would give proper consideration to his rights” when he was accused of sexual abuse.

Archbishop Welby apologised for the procedure but declined to exonerate Bishop Bell, as many of the latter’s supporters wanted.

Some will see both this and the treatment of Lord Carey as unjust; but the Archbishop will doubtless have had in mind the likelihood that he will have to represent the Church at some point next year before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is unlikely to be a comfortable experience.

So it must have come as a great relief to the Church hierarchy to be able to focus again on its pastoral preoccupations with the appointment of Sarah Mullally as Bishop of London in succession to Lord Chartres. A former chief nursing officer, she is the 133rd occupant of the London post and just the third woman bishop in the Anglican communion.

In truth, it was not a choice designed to be uncontroversial given the opposition to the ordination of women prelates on the Church’s conservative and evangelical wings.  But it is an inspired appointment and the inevitable corollary of the procedure to which the Church is now fully committed.

Indeed, how long will it be before a woman is ordained Archbishop of Canterbury or of York?