Here are our top safeguarding stories from April 2019. To access or view the full articles click on the link embedded in the title:
A BBC Panorama programme has found systematic and longstanding failures in the Church to appropriately and sensitively deal with disclosures and allegations of abuse. The programme found fifty-three clergy and staff at Lincoln diocese were reported to police in 2015 for alleged wrongdoing including abuse. Some names could have been referred years earlier under a Church of England review that examined thousands of records in 2008 and 2009 to see if abuse cases had slipped through the net
In August 2018, Josh Shapiro, the attorney general for the US state of Pennsylvania, released the results from a grand jury report, alleging the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children at the hands of 300 predator priests across Pennsylvania. After seeing the worldwide response to the Notre Dame fire, he questioned whether there has been a similar sense of urgency to support the victims and survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy.
A director of children’s services who supported children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has been appointed as the first permanent director of safeguarding for the Church of England, succeeding Sir Roger Singleton. Melissa Caslake currently leads the Children’s Services function for both Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and her start date will be confirmed in due course.
A look at a new generation of digital parental controls that have arrived on the market, promising to help parents take back control more easily. Circle with Disney, Koala Safe and Ikydz, for example, are systems that claim to be able to control every digital device in the home with a few taps on a smartphone app. However, many experts stress that discussion, education and negotiation are just as important as technical fixes when it comes to keeping children safe online.
An article on domestic abuse by a survivor- a ministers wife. She says that anyone who is a survivor of domestic violence, or who has worked in that field, will know how hard it is for someone to leave their situation. This was made harder for her when her husband’s position in ministry was used against her.
A group of Christian charities who provide care to the elderly have said their need is not being matched by government provision. Carl Knightly from Faith in Later Life, an umbrella charity that works with The Salvation Army and Pilgrim's Friends Society, said: "Community engagement is really important and churches are ideally placed and have a biblical mandate to serve and honour our older folk.”
The Scottish Parliament has announced that survivors of childhood abuse who are elderly or terminally ill can apply now for compensation payments. The scheme will be open to people who have a terminal illness or are aged 70 or over. It has been introduced ahead of a wider payment scheme that is due to open in 2021, and which will offer redress to other survivors of abuse in care.