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The Bishop's Guidance.Warning

"A “church officer”
is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role,
whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid."

"on behalf of".      Is the critical, important phrase

The Legislation, as passed into Law by Parliament
Published by The House of Bishops, October 2017

  • It is clear and easy to understand.
  • Allegations must be investigated.
  • A Core Group must be convened.
  • Communications with the accused are clearly stated.
  • The Leeds Diocese decide
  • "Tower Captains do not by default constitute Church Officers for safeguarding purposes".
  • This is clearly WRONG !!!
  • I have been a "Tower Captain, on behalf of The Church for over 30 years.
  • Other Dioceses take the opposite view.
    Tower Captains ARE Church Officers.
  • This safeguarding matter do not meet the threshold of being treated as a safeguarding matter.
    No "Thresholds" are mentioned in The Bishop's Guidance.
  • The Leeds Diocese are clearly WRONG !!
  • I have to suffered their incompetence

My recommendations to anyone faced with this situation.

  • Jump on this quickly.

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