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ISB: interim commissioner appointed

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Update on work promised by former ISB – interim commissioner appointed

14/09/2023

An interim commissioner of independent reviews has been appointed to ensure the work promised by the former ISB (Independent Safeguarding Board) can continue. Kevin Crompton, a senior safeguarding professional with experience in child and adult safeguarding and scrutiny in local authority setting, will start work this month.

The Archbishops’ Council had committed to setting in place arrangements to ensure that the case reviews and complaint responses promised by the former ISB would continue, where those met the terms of reference for the ISB, and as a result of feedback had also offered an independent advocacy service.

Kevin will commission and quality assure the reviews and complaints in line with the former ISB’s processes and will oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the completed Mr X review. Survivors with outstanding review requests can choose from a menu of reviewers including charities NSPCC and Thirtyone:eight along with Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) Chairs.  FearFree formerly FearLess) has been engaged to provide advocacy and support for the survivors with completed, active and pending reviews and complaints.

The majority of survivors have had an opportunity to feed into these arrangements but the Archbishops’ Council is aware of four individuals who had review requests with the former ISB but whose contact details have not been passed on. The former ISB office staff can be contacted at contact@independent-safeguarding.org for information on how their review will proceed.

Kevin Crompton said: ‘I am pleased to have been offered this opportunity to make a contribution to this important piece of work. I am looking forward to working with survivors to ensure they have an independent review of their concerns. I also will do all I can to ensure that recommendations of such reviews are given proper consideration and are implemented within reasonable timeframes.’

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Notes

Archbishops’ Council statement on ISB June 2023

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Janet Fife
Janet Fife
Reply to  Simon Sarmiento
6 months ago

The Archbishops’ Council have badly let down the survivors whose cases Jasvinder and Steve were handling. They should not have terminated the latter’s employment without arrangements in place to look after survivors.

Kate Keates
Kate Keates
Reply to  Janet Fife
6 months ago

Whatever the Archbishops’ Council felt about Jasvinder’s and Steve’s ability to establish an independent safeguarding board, they should have permitted them to complete any ongoing reviews – assuming the survivors involved wished it.

Janet Fife
Janet Fife
Reply to  Kate Keates
6 months ago

That’s what they would have done, had they had any concern for survivors or understanding of trauma. Obviously they have neither.

David Hawkins
David Hawkins
6 months ago

Kevin Crompton said: ‘I am pleased to have been offered this opportunity to make a contribution to this important piece of work. I am looking forward to working with survivors to ensure they have an independent review of their concerns. I also will do all I can to ensure that recommendations of such reviews are given proper consideration and are implemented within reasonable timeframes.’ I don’t find this statement the least bit reassuring. Is it appropriate to refer to the anguish of survivors of abuse as “an important piece of work” ? Is it appropriate to refer to damaged lives… Read more »

Susanna ( no ‘h’)
Susanna ( no ‘h’)
Reply to  David Hawkins
6 months ago

I think Kevin went in to ‘steady the ship ‘ in Haringey after the baby P murder- the rather good director was scapegoated and illegally sacked, basically by Ed Balls on TV . She wrote an article in the Guardian recently about the dangers of politicians using scapegoats – in this case social workers- and the lengths other agencies went to cover up their part. I believe Kevin was originally a teacher.

Martin Sewell
Martin Sewell
6 months ago

I have not had time to study this appointment or Mr Crompton’s cv so we can only wish him well, hoping that his term of office exceeds that of some other Church office holders.

A key constitutional point for clarification is “ to whom does he report”? This is important given that increasingly the Church House Secretariat is the subject of complainant.

Susanna ( no ‘h’)
Susanna ( no ‘h’)
Reply to  Martin Sewell
6 months ago

It would also be fascinating to know how he was chosen…..

Martin
Martin
6 months ago

There cannot be any confidence in these arrangements. 1. Where and when was the advertisement for this ‘Commissioner’ placed? 2. How many survivors were involved in the selection and interview process? 3. Given that survivors plainly expressed no trust and confidence in the capacity, honesty or integrity of the Archbishops’ Council to handle their cases, why have they now decided that survivors must be reined in again under their Commissioner? 4. Where do these over-inflated titles – ‘Commissioner’ – come from? This is just one person doing the job that Jasvinder and Steve were doing. Except this time, this new… Read more »

Susannah Clark
Susannah Clark
Reply to  Martin
6 months ago

There are similar questions that could be asked (and I have) about the appointment of Sarah Wilkinson to review the ISB crisis. I asked the Council: “Were any survivors involved in the selection of the barrister, and also in the drafting of the terms of reference?” I received an answer from the Council this morning, with not a word about survivor: “The Archbishops’ Council identified and instructed a suitably qualified and fully independent person to lead the review while at the same time working to the time commitments made to General Synod. This was to ensure that this review is… Read more »

Janet Fife
Janet Fife
Reply to  Susannah Clark
6 months ago

Well said!

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