Comments: Truro diocese publishes Jeremy Dowling case review

Here are four brief points which seem to be going missing in the current safeguarding narrative.

First, the treatment of survivors should not principally be the business of remote functionaries, but rather of pastoral presences - local empathy, resource, commitment etc

Second, keeping people safe from harm only happens on the front-line - the safeguarding teams pick up the problems, but the front line prevents problems (or not, as the case may be). It is no good creating systems which rely on the third line of defence to sort the issue.

Third, the training given on safeguarding highlights what we don't do in other areas - compulsory training and awareness rolled out nationally - what would that look like if it were in a theological or pastoral or ministerial field? Can't we learn from that?

Fourth, that responding well to survivors is a key part of the core mission of the church. Preventing harm too. This is not a separate topic from mission, it is intrinsic to authentic mission, and needs to be named as such.

Posted by Mark Bennet at Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 8:41pm BST
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