Safeguarding presentations at General Synod

The Church of England has issued the following statement on the safeguarding presentations at General Synod.

Safeguarding presentation at General Synod


The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop addressed February’s Synod on national developments and the Church’s preparation for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA. The Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, the Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner and Sir Roger Singleton, a member of the Church’s National Safeguarding Panel, also addressed Synod. Read the presentations below.

Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock

Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek

Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner

Sir Roger Singleton

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Safeguarding presentations at General Synod" in Law & Religion UK, 12 February 2018,

Article 10 ECHR and incitement of racial and religious hatred: Smajić

The background

In Smajić v Bosnia and Herzegovina [2018] ECHR (Application no. 48657/16), Mr Abedin Smajić, a lawyer, had been arrested on suspicion of inciting national, racial and religious hatred, discord or intolerance: he was charged, convicted and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment suspended for three years. The domestic court had found that between 3 January and 24 February 2010, under a pseudonym, he had made a number of posts on the Internet forum of a website called Bosnahistorija about the course of action to be undertaken by Bosniacs in the event of a war and the secession of Republika Srpska (one of the two constituent entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina). The following is a sample: Continue reading

Law and religion round-up – 11th February

A week in which General Synod welcomed plans for mutual recognition of ministries with the Methodist Church – and the Masons got their aprons in a twist…

Anglicans and Methodists

The Church of England General Synod has voted in favour of a motion welcoming the joint report, Mission and Ministry in Covenant, co-written by the two Churches’ faith and order bodies and published last year, which sets out proposals for intercommunion and the interchange of presbyteral ministries. Continue reading

Church (House) and State

As an alternative to posting a Saturday Supplement, today we reproduce some historical information provided to the House of Commons by the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Dame Caroline Spelman, on the use of CofE venues by the State; Church House has been suggested as possible alternative accommodation for the Palace of Westminster during the proposed repairs; a full or partial decant will not take place until 2025 at the earliest. Continue reading

Cornrows, school uniform and discrimination

The Evening Standard reports that a 12-year-old boy has been put in isolation after his school, Eastwood Academy in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, deemed that his cornrows were an “extreme haircut” and told him that he cannot return to class until he has his hair cut in a regulation style. His mother, Ms Selina Byatt, said that because her son “is dual-heritage and has afro hair” his options for keeping his hair tidy are limited – and pointed out that a picture of a girl with the same hairstyle was featured on the school’s website.  Continue reading

Church gets tough on executives’ pay…

…gender diversity and climate change

On 7 February 2017, the Church Investors Group (CIG) announced that it would take a harder line on AGM voting policy in three key areas where progress is deemed to have been too slow: executive pay, gender diversity and climate change. The Press Release and the full voting policy of the CIG  are reproduced below.  Continue reading