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Leeds Diocese: A Safeguarding Failure in The Church of England

  ( 2019/2020 )
A whistleblower tells a story of multiple failures to comply with The Bishop's Guidance.
The failures bring disrepute onto Wakefield Cathedral and All Saints Church, Pontefract.
Failure by : The Very Reverend Simon Cowling, Dean of Wakefield at Wakefield Cathedral
Failure by : The Venerable Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract
Failure by : The Reverend Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders
Failure by : The Reverend Mark Watkins

  • A woman brings a Safeguarding case to The Clergy.  ( September 2019 )
  • The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Read more......
  • Sends the woman to The Police.
  • Ignores the Regulations
  • Fails to listen to The Police instructions
  • Wrongly, "declares" this as NOT as Safeguarding issue
  • Hence, fails to convene a Core Group
  • Encourages the Clergy to break the Law
  • Gave "advice" that The Diocese policy fails to recognise the accused as a "Church Officer".
  • The Leeds Diocese circumvent to Bishop's instructions 

My recommendations to anyone faced with this situation.

  • Jump on this quickly.
  • Contact, in writing, all the Clergy who might be involved.
  • Ask for details.
  • There is a 12 months time limit
    on bringing misconduct action against a Church Officer.
    12 months passes very quickly.
  • Using "Safeguarding" as a weapon
  • The Clergy are easily hoodwinked.
  • Make sure you get the seeds of doubt sown very early.
  • Sadly, this is never ending
  • Over 4 years on
  • The victimisation continues
  • Always a victim
  • Never a survivor
  • The Leaders of The CofE continue to perpetrate abuse
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