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Statement on Bishop George Bell issued by the National Safeguarding Team

Statement on Bishop George Bell issued by the National Safeguarding Team

Statement issued by the National Safeguarding Team

31 January 2018

"The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team has received fresh information concerning Bishop George Bell. Sussex Police have been informed and we will work collaboratively with them.

This new information was received following the publication of the Carlile Review and is now being considered through the Core Group and in accordance with Lord Carlile’s recommendations. The Core Group is now in the process of commissioning an independent investigation in respect of these latest developments. As this is a confidential matter we will not be able to say any more about this until inquiries have concluded."

Bishop Peter Hancock, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop said: ”There are ongoing queries and comments around the Bishop Bell case and we would all like this matter to come to a conclusion. However, In light of General Synod questions that need to be responded to and the reference to the case in the IICSA hearing yesterday link here

I would ask that we keep all those involved in our thoughts and prayers. Due to the confidential nature of this new information, I regret I cannot disclose any further detail until the investigations have been concluded. We are currently developing an action plan in response to Lord Carlile’s recommendations who makes a number of considered points as to how to handle such cases in future and we have accepted the main thrust of his recommendations. ”

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