The BBC Panorama programme, ‘Scandal in the Church of England’, was shown on Monday 29th April. It featured interviews with survivors of church-related abuse, and revealed failures by the Church of England in handling past allegations and concerns about abuse. The Church’s lead safeguarding bishop issued a personal statement immediately after the programme.
We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that we take safeguarding seriously in the Diocese of Peterborough. Our Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Team, Bev Huff and Sam Suddery, have previously worked in the police and have vast experience in safeguarding matters. They are here to listen, hear, support and to refer matters to our statutory partners, who we have excellent working arrangements with. We are also aware of the courage it takes for survivors to come forward, knowing that the effects of their abuse are with them for life.
We would urge anyone affected by the Panorama programme to call the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline number on 0808 800 5000 or to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Team on 01733 887040 / 887041. If you feel it would be easier to email, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you would like to know more about safeguarding in the Diocese of Peterborough, including how to report a concern or abuse, you can find out more in the Safeguarding section of our website. Details of national helplines can also be found here.