Jersey synod calls for abuse report publication


Jersey synod calls for abuse report publication

In 2008, a woman said she had been abused by a Jersey church warden. In 2013 the Very Reverend Bob Key was suspended for two months over the alleged mishandling of the complaint.

The inquiry has been completed but the report has not been published.

It was reported in September the Bishop of Winchester was reviewing the report.

The Jersey Deanery synod said publication would mean the episode could be put to rest.

Diocese split

Reverend Key was suspended for two months in March 2013 for allegedly failing to properly investigate the treatment of the 26-year-old woman.

He was reinstated after apologising for anything he might have got wrong in the handling of the abuse complaint.

Bishop of Winchester, Tim Dakin, then commissioned two inquiries, one led by Dame Heather Steel into the particular incident and a wider review into safeguarding policies being undertaken by Bishop John Gladwin.

The BBC has learned the Jersey synod has passed a motion regretting the actions of the bishop in declining to release Dame Heather’s report.

Synod members said the report should be made public in the name of Christian reconciliation, so the episode could be put to rest and the church could move forward.

The saga resulted in the Channel Islands ending their 500-year-old relationship with Winchester and their moving to the Diocese of Canterbury as part of an interim arrangement.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-30972876

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