Comments: General Synod papers published

The press release states, "There will be a major debate on the Church of England’s work on safeguarding and Synod will be asked to endorse the priorities for action outlined in the report (GS 2092) to be published with the second set of papers next week."

That there was to be a debate on safeguarding on the Saturday morning (7 July) was announced when the timetable for the group of sessions at York was published on 24 May 2018. I commented on this on this blog as follows:
"The terms of the motion have not yet been made public. It would be of interest to know now the terms of the motion and who is to propose it. Given the criticism in February that then there was only a presentation (with Q&A) and no debate, it seems likely that whatever the wording of the motion at York, it is likely to attract a number of amendments."

We now know (from the full Synod agenda, GS 2090) that the motion is to be proposed by the Bishop of Bath and Wells (Bishop Peter Hancock) and that one clause of the motion does, indeed, call on Synod to "endorse the priorities for action outlined in the report (GS 2092)".

What paper GS Misc 1192 (also published today), "Summary of decisions by the House of Bishops and Delegated Committees", reveals is that "the draft motion on Safeguarding to be debated at the General Synod in July 2018" was agreed by the National Safeguarding Steering Group (NSSG) at its meeting on 24 April 2018: see para 38 on page 4. Presumably, therefore, the NSSG at least had a draft of GS 2092 before them when they met some 7 weeks ago. Accordingly, for the paper GS 2092 not be published for another 8 days (and just 3½ days before the deadline for questions) is not satisfactory.

Whatever the outcome of the debate, and whatever the "priorities for action" contained in GS 2092, it remains the case that the debate will be taking place before the Church knows the recommendations to to be made by IICSA panel following the hearings in March relating to the Diocese of Chichester and the hearing at the end of July in relation to Bishop Peter Ball. (The panel's report is expected sometime in the autumn.)

Posted by David Lamming at Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 3:59pm BST

It looks very unsatisfactory. They don't seem to learn.

Posted by Janet Fife at Friday, 15 June 2018 at 11:28am BST
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