on Friday, 27 July 2018 at 7.25 pm by Simon Sarmiento
categorised as Church of England, Safeguarding
The transcript for the final day, Friday, is available here.
The documents number 89 and are listed here. Individual links here. More details later.
How long will it be before IICSA reports its findings? Anyone who has any interest in the Church of England must be reeling after this week’s horrors. And this, and March’s evidence, are just case studies, not a thorough-going churchwide review.
At the end of yesterday’s transcript, “We will now review the material and evidence from this case study and we will work towards a single report which will set out our findings on both this case study and the Chichester case study. Our hope is that we will be in a position to publish this report in the first quarter of 2019.”
I understand that the third stage of the hearings, looking at the issues arising more generally, will take place later in 2019.
At the end of the Diocese of Chichester case study in March the inquiry chairman, Alexis Jay, said that they hoped to produce a joint report on the Chichester and Peter Ball case studies “this autumn”. (transcript, 23 March 2018, page 115, lines 12-13.) That has now slipped to “the first quarter of 2019” (transcript, 27 July 2018, page 177, lines 1-3).Regrettably, this means that General Synod will not have an opportunity to debate the report and any recommendations the panel may make until July 2019.
The Panel will be aware of the interest in the report and will want to get it right. It has had an enormous amount of material to consider. In one week it has heard from a former Archbishop of Canterbury, another bishop,a former Law Lord, the CPS Director of Legal Services and senior Police officers ( or former senior Police officers). In addition it has received written evidence from the wife of former Conservative Chief Whip and the Prince of Wales. It makes sense to consider the Chichester evidence the Peter Ball evidence together. Whatever it eventually concludes it will… Read more »
The comparison with an employment situation is of course of limited relevance given the hybrid status of the clergy and the fact that serving bishops are office holders under the crown. Lord Lloyd referred to Peter Ball as an employee being mistreated by an employer. Perhaps a better comparison would have been with the treatment of an employee who had been dismissed for gross misconduct. Maybe a contractual relationship focuses the minds of an employer on when the contract has been broken and has come to an end. There has been rather a lot of fuzziness in decision-making revealed in… Read more »