Independent Review of a Safeguarding Complaint for the Diocese of Winchester
By Jan Korris
Anglican Diocese of Winchester
March 10, 2013
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I have been asked by the Safeguarding Panel for the Diocese of Winchester to look into the response of the Diocese to a complaint made by a vulnerable adult against a church warden in a parish on Jersey.
I have been requested to consider the written documentation and audio recordings supplied, and to interview all those who I consider appropriate to enable me to fulfil my remit. I have had some difficulty in achieving access to Officers of the Church of England on Jersey and in significant cases met with an entire lack of available records. Assessing the reasons for this comes within my brief.
The purpose of the review is not to revisit the allegation of abuse which was put to the police in November 2008 and found to have insufficient evidence to proceed, but to consider how the Diocesan Safeguarding Procedures, and any separate Jersey complaint procedures, responded both at the time of receiving the complaint and the repercussions that followed it.
Terms of Reference
1) To consider the way the complaint was initially addressed both from:
a) The complainant’s position,
b) The following of Diocesan Safeguarding Procedures,
c) The following of Jersey complaint’s procedures where appropriate.
July 2008 – November 2008
2) To consider how the subsequent allegations of failure by Officers of the Church and Diocesan Staff to resolve the issue were handled.
December 2008 – October 2010 Jersey
October 2010 – July 2011 Mainland
3) To explore what communication and behaviours appear to have helped or exacerbated the problem with a view to making recommendations for dealing with similar complaints in the future.
I will look at the communication and recording at each of these three stages.