Comments: IICSA hearings - Wednesday 7 March

From Ms Hosgood’s testimony as reported by the Church Times: ‘“When I spoke to Janet Hind during the handover,” Ms Hosgood said, “I expressed surprise that Colin Pritchard hadn’t been suspended, had his PtO [permission to officiate] suspended, given the seriousness of the allegations against him, bearing in mind that this wasn’t the first police investigation as well, it was the second police investigation.”’

Has IICSA made any comment about putting a family member of the diocesan bishop (or any clergy in the diocese) as a safeguarding officer? How can anyone ever have thought that was good practice?

Posted by Grumpy High Church Woman at Thursday, 8 March 2018 at 7:37am GMT

Harry Farley's piece in Christian today is utterly disingenuous and completely distorts the very positive tenor of the safeguarding audit of the Diocese in Europe. The Diocesan Bishop has published the audit in full on the front page of the Diocesan website.

Of course the Diocese in Europe faces particular obstacles, precisely because all of our chaplaincies are completely outside English legal jurisdiction (with the exception of Gibraltar). The current Bishop has continued the work begun by his predecessor with determination and zeal, and the levels of safeguarding training and implementation are on an equal footing with all other C of E dioceses.

The 'obstacles' Harry Farley highlights are beyond the diocese's control (e.g. how do you report a safeguarding concern as defined in English law to, say, the Morocan, Turkish or Russian authorities?).

This is good sensationalism - and very sloppy journalism. Mr Farley needs to come out of his bubble and stop assuming that English law is applicable across the world. He should also apologise to the Diocese for such blatant cherry-picking and lack of analytical rigour.

Posted by Mike Nolan at Thursday, 8 March 2018 at 8:48am GMT

Wednesday’s transcription link not working. ‘Page not found’.

Sorry, now fixed I believe.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Thursday, 8 March 2018 at 5:08pm GMT

Am I being dim? The +JH statement link doesn't appear to work and it appears not to be on the website either.

SS replies:
You are quite right. It seems to have been removed from the website (which is why the link doesn't work!)

I have asked some people who may know more about why this has happened. I'll report back here.

Posted by Richard at Thursday, 15 March 2018 at 7:10pm GMT
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