In calling for a radical change of culture in the diocese _ one in which the sanctity,dignity and well being of children and vulnerable adults is openly and transparently at itsheart _ a fresh commitment of obedience to the call of Christ is necessary to enable childrento come to him. If the culture is Christian the policy of the diocese needs to be highly professional in setting standards of excellence to which the whole diocese is 100%committed. That commitment will lead to practice within the leadership of the diocese, aswell as its parishes and networks, which will encourage people to believe that children brought to the Church will find the care and safety evidenced in Jes
us‟ own ministry to
children and their families.VISITATION:We were appointed on the 21
December 2011 as commissaries for a visitation of theDiocese of Chichester. Our mandate, however, is limited in scope to:(i)
examining progress made in implementation of and actions taken upon theDiocesan Safeguarding Guidelines (
The Care and Protection of Children,2009
), the current House of Bishops‟ Guidelines (
Protecting All God’s
) and the recommendations made by Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss in her report dated 19
May 2011; and(ii)
making such further recommendations as may appear necessary andexpedient
.It follows from this mandate that it has not been part of our duty to form any judgment uponany matter (including the previous history of safeguarding within the diocese) save in so far as:a)
that matter or history gives a context to, or sheds light upon, the matters thatare within our mandate; and b)
new matters of a historical nature which have arisen since our appointmentand which may impinge upon the present state of safeguarding within thediocese.In particular, it is not part of our remit to enquire into, or pass judgment upon, any mattersthat are the subject of a complaint under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003.
For a summary of our recommendations see Appendix IV.