Independent lessons learnt review concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon

Last updated: 27 August 2020

See our latest statement concerning the postponed of the Lessons Learned Review Report due for publication in September 2020. An updated timeline will be published in due course. 

Thirtyone:eight has been commissioned by Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon to undertake an independent lessons learnt review concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church. The full report of findings will be published by Emmanuel Church*.

Focusing on the activities of Jonathan Fletcher while he was minister of Emmanuel, we have been commissioned to undertake a robust and comprehensive exploration of both good practice and failings in culture and safeguarding practice at Emmanuel Church Wimbledon from 1982 to the present. The review will enable the voices of those impacted by the behaviour of Jonathan Fletcher to be expressed, heard and considered alongside other contextual information and concerns from other relevant sources.

The full and final scope for the review can be viewed here.

Review process

The review process will be entirely independent. An Independent Advisory Group has been established following an application and appointment process. The names of Independent Advisory Group participants will be kept confidential and will not be known by Emmanuel Church Wimbledon until the report is released to them. The group will oversee the work of the review and will be chaired by Justin Humphreys, Chief Executive (Safeguarding).

The review itself is being led by Dr Lisa Oakley who is working with Simon Plant. Both are experienced in undertaking organisational safeguarding reviews. The Independent Advisory Group has now finalised the detail of the scope ensuring that all legitimate perspectives and appropriate lines of enquiry have been considered (including those of victims and survivors of abuse). The Independent Advisory Group will meet at agreed intervals throughout the process of the review, with the overall purpose of guiding its work, acting as a point of reference and scrutiny, and ensuring complete independence from the commissioners.

The fieldwork for the review has now begun. The reviewers are now responding to all those who have contributed information to date. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, face to face interviews will not be possible. We are still committed to completing this review in a timely and robust manner. This will now however be via video conference call or a phone call. If neither of these options are possible, a process of interview by written questions and answers will be undertaken.  

Following completion of the fieldwork stage, the review team will analyse the information received and begin drafting the report of findings, which will be quality assured by the Independent Advisory Group prior to its submission to Emmanuel Church Wimbledon and subsequent publication.

*Following changes to the scope that have been agreed between thirtyone:eight, the Independent Advisory Group and Emmanuel Church, a revised timetable for the review can be viewed here.

NB. The recent restrictions imposed because of COVID -19 has prompted a need for flexibility. There may therefore be a need to review the timeline as circumstances change.

Contacting the review

If anyone who has not yet made contact, including victims/survivors, and wishes to participate in the review, or who wishes to pass on information to us you can do so confidentially by emailing [email protected]. Thirtyone:eight and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon take data privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Identities of confirmed participants will be known only by the reviewers and in some circumstances, the Chair/Vice Chair of the Independent Advisory Group. No victim/survivor identifiable details will be passed between Emmanuel Church and thirtyone:eight without prior consent from those individuals.

Getting help and support

We continue to operate an independent helpline for victims/survivors of abuse. If you have been affected by matters related to Jonathan Fletcher and you would like to speak to someone independent about this you can contact the thirtyone:eight helpline on 0303 003 1111. Please quote ‘2019’ to identify that your call relates to Jonathan Fletcher. Information you share with the helpline will not be shared with others, including the independent review team, unless you consent to that, or action needs to be taken to protect you or others (in adherence to standard safeguarding practice and protocol).


Contact us

To participate in the review, and/or pass on information email us here.

Email the review


If you've been impacted and would like to speak to someone independent call us on 0303 003 1111 giving reference: ‘2019’

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