The Charity Commission for England and Wales has announced various measures to help ensure that charities learn the wider lessons from recent safeguarding revelations involving Oxfam and other charities and to strengthen public trust and confidence the sector, Continue reading
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.
The Church of England has issued the following statement from Bishop Peter Hancock, its lead Safeguarding bishop, following the reference to the case in the IICSA hearing on 30 January 3018 and the statement from the National Safeguarding Team. The relevant documents are reproduced below. Continue reading
A new bishop, a new(ish) blog, but also plenty on burial rights, coroners and animal slaughter
Reuse of graves
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice answered a Written Question  from Nicky Morgan (Conservative, Loughborough) asking what representations the Secretary of State has received from (a) the Burial and Cremation Advisory Group and (b) other stakeholders on the reuse of graves; and whether his Department plans to continue to review the matter of such reuse. Continue reading
Tribunal finds priest guilty of abuse of spiritual power and authority
On Monday 8th January, the Church of England reported the findings of the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Oxford in the matter of a complaint under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 against The Reverend Timothy Davis, Vicar of Christ Church Abingdon, (‘TD’), in respect of the mentoring he provided to a 15/16 year old schoolboy (‘W1’) whose family were members of his congregation. The BBC reports that Church of England officials believed that this was the first occasion on which a tribunal had convicted a priest of spiritual abuse. Continue reading
“There is a proper role for referendums in constitutional change, but only if done properly. If it is not done properly, it can be a dangerous tool”
David Davis, Hansard 2002
That vote on Amendment 7
Returning briefly to Brexit since our last foray in August, Wednesday’s vote is notable in that it is the Government’s first defeat on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The impact of the amendment is that clause 9(1) now reads Continue reading