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Statement on structure of National Safeguarding Team

The Church of England has issued the statement below on the structure if its National Safeguarding Team.

Hattie Williams writes about this for Church TimesNew post advertised to ‘strengthen’ C of E’s restructured safeguarding.

Statement on structure of National Safeguarding Team
05/12/2018

Following the establishment of the National Safeguarding Team in 2015 – replacing a 0.5 national post – the Archbishops’ Council has recently reviewed its structure and after consultation will be advertising for a Director of Safeguarding.

Secretary General’s letter to the College of Bishops about staffing developments at the National Safeguarding Team While this appointment is in process an interim director will lead the National Safeguarding Team and Sir Roger Singleton* has been appointed from January 2. This proposed change is about having the right structures in place to ensure good safeguarding is embedded across the Church in the most effective way possible.

*Sir Roger Singleton is a former Chief Executive of Barnardo’s and chaired the Independent Safeguarding Authority from 2007-2012. He also led the Independent Scrutiny Team which assessed the adequacy of the Church of England’s 2008-2009 Past Cases Review.

Secretary General’s letter to the College of Bishops about staffing developments at the National Safeguarding Team

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This is, presumably, Nye-Speak for downgrading Graham Tilby. If this is a case of the chickens of the George Bell fiasco coming home to roost, that can only be welcome: especially if it means that historic cases are to be spared the cavalier treatment Bishop Bell’s reputation has suffered at the hands of the NST and those higher up the food chain.

Richard W. Symonds
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If this is the case, the Briden Report findings [regarding Bishop Bell] are already known by the Church authorities – but delaying their release?

Jill Armstead
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Jill Armstead

Will the findings ever be realeased, Richard? If the Government was found to be in contempt of Parliament this week, how much more is its devoted quango, the Church of England in contempt of faithful Anglicans?

Richard W. Symonds
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If the Briden Report is as bad for the Church as some people are speculating, Jill, then it may well be a case of ‘Waiting for Godot’.

But as George Orwell said – his last-known published words: “Don’t let it happen. It depends on you”

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I don’t think there can ever be enough competent bodies looking after safeguarding matters. Some might argue about the choice of adjectives in this sentence, but it is to be taken at face value.