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Past Case Review 2, in The Leeds Diocese.
A Total Whitewash

A Total Whitewash

  • Leeds Diocese ignore the Review Requirements.
  • Required = "concerns about the behaviour of any parish officer, employee or volunteer"
  • Leeds Diocese = "concerns regarding Clergy or a Church Officer"
  • Thousands of concerns would not have been made available to the Independent Reviewers
  • There may be many employees and volunteer leaders whose files have not been reviewed.
  • Are all these innocent incidents, or could there be some dangerous individuals afoot ????
  • Independent Reviewers
  • Only cases older than 1st January 2018 reviewed
  • Not given the power to look for hidden files.
  • Produce no reports of contact with survivors.
  • No examination of the success/failure of Survivor Strategy
  • No external information sought.

Issues with The Review

  • Some areas of improvement identified
  • Well; there needs to be something found.
  • Minor administrative improvements
  • Audit trail improvements
  • No Survivor action plan

Focus change to survivor support and culture change

  • Certainly not in The Leeds Diocese.
  • Amateur counselling in your own Church only.
  • No cultural review of recent cases.
  • Institutional attitudes remain fixed in the 19th century.

Proposal to remove the 12 month Clergy Disciplinary Measure time limit.

  • The sooner the better
  • No hiding place
  • Abusers brought to account at last.

My recommendations to anyone faced with this situation.

  • Jump on this 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 3 years on
  • The victimisation continues
  • Always a victim
  • Never a survivor
  • The Leaders of The CofE continue to perpetrate abuse
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The Reverend Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders enacts the Safeguarding failure.

The The Reverend Mark Watkins brings about the Safeguarding failure.

The Very Reverend Simon Cowling, Dean of Wakefield at Wakefield Cathedral, leads the Safeguarding failure.

The Venerable Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract, executes the Safeguarding failure.

Leeds Diocese Safeguarding: A Safeguarding Failure.

Wakefield Cathedral Safeguarding: A Safeguarding Failure.

All Saints Pontefract Safeguarding: A Safeguarding Failure.

Church of England Safeguarding: A Safeguarding Failure.

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