Comments: CofE Safeguarding statistics: corrected data

As the figures quoted are for the dioceses, it would be interesting to know how many more the national safeguarding team is dealing with.

Posted by Janet Fife at Saturday, 3 March 2018 at 9:01am GMT

Interesting observation, Janet. Shows the importance of framing questions accurately.

Is it possible that the original figure of 3300 was the grand total?

Posted by Kate at Saturday, 3 March 2018 at 2:18pm GMT

According to the Guardian there were 2600 allegations of abuse being dealt with, but according to the Church it was 2600 concerns and allegations, where concerns may include potential vulnerabilities of children or adults.

This conflation of disparate data, concerns and allegations, is increasingly common and serves to obfuscate. Even Ms Sherwood seems to have taken it as allegations and missed that some (a few, most, we don't know) are merely potential vulnerabilities.

We also don't know many csses were completed, as opposed to being dealt with. If the point of the survey was to see how busy safeguarders are, then perhaps it doesn't matter whether something is a concern or allegation.

Most strange is the statement that Bishop Hancock hopes nobody was misled by the 3300 figure. Well, of course they were misled. Unless they attach zero credence to anything he says then they must have been misled. Even railway announcers don't stoop to hoping nobody was misled by the timetable. If we cannot face up to the inevitable consequence of a minor arithmetical mistake, it doesn't bode well for the Enquiry.

Posted by T Pott at Sunday, 4 March 2018 at 9:45am GMT
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