13 November 2012
The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham,
Chair of the Churches National Safeguarding Committee
"We can confirm that police today arrested a retired Bishop and a
67 year old retired priest in relation to allegations of sexual
abuse. The church has been working closely with Sussex police
throughout this investigation and the full statement
can be read here.
The Church of England takes any allegations of abuse very
seriously and is committed to being a safe place for all. To this
end we have robust procedures and policies in place. But we can
never be complacent. We would like to urge any victims or those
with information to feel free to come forward knowing that they
will be listened to in confidence.
We have also put support systems in place for all those involved
with today's arrests. Should anyone have further information or
need to discuss the personal impact of this news the Church has
worked with the NSPCC to set up a confidential helpline no. 0800
389 5344. Although we cannot comment on this case any further at
the moment, lessons must be learnt and it is our mission that all
our churches are places of safety and joy, of righteousness and
Updated police statement.