Bishop Dakin's decision over Jersey upheld

16 May 2014

DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER

A JUDGE reviewing a safeguarding complaint in Jersey has upheld the decision by the Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim Dakin, not to take disciplinary action against anyone involved (News, 29 November).

Dame Heather Steel was asked by Bishop Dakin to review the handling of the complaint, in May last year. Her final report has been handed to him, but has not yet been published. Bishop Dakin is seeking legal advice on matters of defamation and confidentiality.

He has also appointed a group to carry out an "impact assessment" in order to minimise the impact of publication on "HG", the woman who made the complaint.

The first review of the handling of the complaint by Jan Korris, a psychotherapist, published last year (News, 15 March 2013), was critical of the Church's response. It prompted the Archbishop of Canterbury to give "personal apologies to the young woman who was so badly let down by those she had turned to for help".

After the completion of the impact assessment, Bishop Dakin is expected to give the Steel report to the Bailiff of Jersey, the Dean of Jersey, and the Ministry of Justice. The Steel terms of reference also require publication of the report.

On Wednesday, HG said: "This matter has been handled terribly on all sides, and maximum harm has been done to me as a result."

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