Diocesan Policies, Guidance, Reviews and Reports Overview

The sections below provide information on various Diocesan Policies, Guidance, Support, Reviews and Reports aimed at supporting our church communities and supporting victims of abuse within our church communities.

Reviews

26 May 2022: Publication of the independent lessons learnt review of the recruitment and appointment of William Scott Farrell

The Diocese of Ely welcomes the publication of the independent lessons learnt review of the recruitment and appointment of William Scott Farrell, a former assistant director of music at Ely Cathedral, who had pleaded guilty and was jailed for safeguarding offences that occurred while he was working at two cathedrals.

The main objective of the Review, commissioned by the National Safeguarding Team and carried out by an independent safeguarding chair, was to allow the Church of England to take steps to enhance and improve its response to allegations of abuse and to ensure a safer environment for all. The Terms of Reference for the Review can be viewed here.

The Diocese of Ely welcomes the recommendations of the Review and is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. The Diocese continues to fully adopt the Church of England’s safeguarding policy statement - ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ and the Safer Recruitment and People Management Guidance documentation and processes.

Survivor Support

If you or anyone you are in contact with are affected by the publication of this report and want to talk to someone independently please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or email safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Team, whose contact details can be found on the Diocesan website here or the National Safeguarding Team whose email address is safeguarding@churchofengland.org. There is also a range of National, Local and Diocesan contact numbers and websites for safeguarding care and support on the Diocesan website here.

The Diocese of Ely has also independently commissioned Thirtyone:eight to undertake its own independent Survivor Review. Thirtyone:eight are particularly interested in speaking to those who have experienced survivor care through the Diocese of Ely in order to inform this review. If you would like to express an interest in speaking with the independent reviewer please email Simon Plant at simon.plant@thirtyoneeight.org. If you would like an introduction to Simon through the Diocese of Ely, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Rebecca Boswell by email at rebecca.boswell@elydiocese.org.

Links

Past Cases Review

Church of England Lessons Learnt Reviews

  • House of Bishops guidance states that once all matters relating to a safeguarding concern or allegation against a church officer have been completed, lessons should be identified and learnt from the case. The guidance is clear that the majority of lessons learnt case reviews will be an internal review but in certain complex cases this may involve commissioning an independent review. 
  • More on these reviews can be found on the Church of England website by clicking here.

Thirtyone:eight

  • Thirtyone:eight has been commissioned to undertake this review with independence.  Thirtyone:eight are particularly interested in speaking to those who have experienced survivor care through the Diocese of Ely in order to inform the review.
  • If you would like to express an interest in speaking with the independent reviewer please email Simon Plant at simon.plant@thirtyoneeight.org. If you would like an introduction to Simon through the Diocese of Ely, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Rebecca Boswell by email at rebecca.boswell@elydiocese.org.

Survivor Review Documentation

Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Policies

The links below direct you to a number of Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Policies.

Safeguarding Annual Reports from the Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Team

Read Safeguarding news and statements from the National Safeguarding Team

Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Newsletters

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