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Official press release on the safeguarding business: Synod gives final approval for Safeguarding legislation – copied below the fold
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Synod gives final approval for Safeguarding legislation
11 July 2015
The General Synod today gave final approval to a package of proposals intended to take further the process of making the Church a safer place for children and vulnerable adults – both by making the disciplinary processes under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 more effective where safeguarding issues arise and by strengthening the Church’s wider legal framework in relation to safeguarding in various ways. The legislation was originally introduced in February 2014 following a consultation launched at Synod in July 2013.
Speaking in the debate, Bishop Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding, said:
“We all want every single one of our churches and institutions to be safer places and communities for all people; notably for children and adults at times of risk and harm, whether that be long or short term.” He added that along with facing up to the consequences of the past “our emphasis has to be on prevention” stressing that, along with the new legislation, high quality training, safe recruiting and effective quality assurance needed to be implemented at every level of church life. The Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure and draft Amending Canon No. 34 (links below) contains a range of elements including:
Adding to the bishop’s existing powers to suspend a priest or deacon, extending to circumstances where the local authority or police provide information which leads the bishop to be satisfied that they present a significant risk of harm. With similar powers for an archbishop to suspend a bishop in such circumstances. (As with all existing provisions this includes a right of appeal to President of Tribunals where suspension occurs).
The aim is to secure Parliamentary approval and the Royal Assent by the end of the year.
The Bishop of Durham’s speech on Final approval for the Draft Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure is available here.
and the Bishop of Durham’s speech on the Final approval for the Draft amending Canon No. 34 is available here.
The latest practice guidance, approved by the House of Bishops, May 2015