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Press Advisory from Lambeth Palace

Thursday 22nd December 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury today set up an enquiry into the operation of the diocesan child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester. 

He has appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC to carry out the enquiry. They will advise the Archbishop on any steps that need to be taken to ensure the highest possible standards of safeguarding in the diocese. This will involve examining current child protection arrangements as well as making recommendations for the future. They will make a preliminary report to the Archbishop by the end of February 2012. 

The Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd John Hind, has given his full support to the enquiry.



The step which the Archbishop has taken is an Archiepiscopal Visitation under Canon C 17.  Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC have been appointed as the Archbishop’s commissaries under Canon C 17.




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