The Church of England (C of E) has strongly refuted accusations that its safeguarding procedures are unreliable and pose a risk to vulnerable individuals. Responding to claims made by an independent reviewer, the church has defended its commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its members. The C of E emphasized that it has made substantial improvements to its safeguarding practices and highlighted the extensive measures in place to protect those within its community.
The independent reviewer alleged that the C of E’s safeguarding processes were unsafe and urged the public not to trust them. In response, the church acknowledged the presence of historical failings but stressed its unwavering dedication to learning from past mistakes and implementing necessary changes. The C of E also emphasized its willingness to collaborate with external organizations to continually enhance its safeguarding protocols.
The C of E’s commitment to transparency was evident in its promise to publish an annual safeguarding report, providing the public with clear insights into its efforts and progress. Additionally, the church affirmed its commitment to supporting victims and survivors of abuse, acknowledging the significant impact such experiences have on individuals and communities.
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It follows anger among some survivors over the disbanding of the Church’s Independent Safeguarding Board. It was disbanded after the Archbishops’ Council said working relationships with its two board members, Jasvinder Sanghera and Steve Reeves had broken down.
The Board’s chair, Meg Munn who survivors have criticised as not being independent is also having her contract terminated, although she is staying on to maintain ‘continuity’.
While grappling with the challenges of addressing historical allegations and ensuring a safe environment, the C of E expressed its resolve to prioritize the well-being of its members. The church remains determined to learn, adapt, and implement best practices in safeguarding, working tirelessly to protect those within its care.
Critics argue that the C of E needs to take stronger action and demonstrate a zero-tolerance approach toward safeguarding failures. However, the church’s response emphasizes its ongoing commitment to improving safeguarding procedures and fostering an environment of trust and safety.
In conclusion, the Church of England vehemently denies allegations of unsafe safeguarding practices, asserting its dedication to protecting the vulnerable and learning from past mistakes. The church’s transparent approach and commitment to ongoing improvement remain central to its mission of providing a secure community for its members.
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