FAILURES, AVOIDANCE AND BROKEN PROMISES
The following are important CofE projects in relation to survivors and their current status.
The Carmi Report
Due Jan 2004
The Carmi Report was on abuse between the 1970s and 2000 in the Chichester diocese and at the Cathedral. It was commissioned by the then Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr John Hind following the conviction of Terence Banks in 2001 for 32 sexual offences against 12 boys over 29 years.
The report was completed in November 2003. However, the report was held back by the Diocese.
It wasn’t until 2014, when a survivor of abuse in the Diocese who was researching the response to the abuse by Peter Ball, discovered that the Carmi Report had never seen the light of day. The survivor pushed for the report to be released. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-28211057
In the Anglican hearings of the public inquiry, IICSA heard directly from Edi Carmi about some of the difficulties she faced with cooperation from the Church: https://richardwsymonds.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/may-10-2019-the-treadgold-bonfire-2001/
A copy of the report can be found on our Papers & Reviews page.
The Church of England published the Carmi Report in July 2014.
The Smyth Review
Due May 31 2020
The Makin Review was originally stated to commence 19 Aug 2019 and last “no more than nine months”, hence finishing 19 May 2020. The Church later announced it had not started until November 2019, and embedded a new date in the original press release. They kept the nine months, so the review was now expected to finish 19 Aug 2020.
Smyth victims & survivors have asked us to time the delay from the first date per the Church’s original announcement.
Due Dec 2020
The review into the Church’s handling of allegations relating to the late Revd Trevor Devamanikkam was originally commissioned in September 2017. The survivor at the heart of the case was told it would take no more than three months.
On 22 November 2019, the Church of England announced the appointment of safeguarding consultant Jane Humphreys as the independent reviewer. The review was expected to be completed and published during 2020. Humphreys is the third reviewer. The first had to give up because it was discovered he was an employee of the church; the second because he worked under the daughter of the then acting head of the NST.
The survivor Rev Matthew Ineson has publicly refused to take part citing lack of independence in the terms of reference. The NST wished to control the flow of information to the reviewer, and told Ineson they would redact what they wanted and then decide whether to publish the review at all. Kate Blackwell QC called the review a sham and ‘compromised before it had even started’.
Due April 2022
On 4 October 2020 the Lead Bishop for Safeguarding said in a BBC interview that he expected the church to have a redress scheme for survivors of church abuse in place within “15 to 18 months.” Assuming the longer date was the accurate one, the scheme should have been in place by 4 April 2022. In July 2022 the Lead Bishop told the General Synod that the scheme may be ready to launch in 2024 or 2025.
Due 23rd May 2022
PCR2 is a review of Past Cases of abuse within the church. The review was commissioned after an earlier review was found to have been grossly flawed. PCR2 was announced in July 2019, and no timescale was set for its conclusion. At a meeting with survivors and PCR2 managers it was announced that the review would be published on May 23 2022. It was also stated that the results of PCR2 would be sent to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. In a statement at General Synod in July 2022 the Independent Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel declined to give a date for its publication.
The Church of England published PCR2 on the 5th Oct 2022.