The Diocese of Guildford is currently reviewing all records, across 162 parishes, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations have been identified, reported, and appropriately actioned. Crucial to the review, are voices of survivors and victims. The Diocese of Guildford wants to listen to, and to learn from, real experiences to ensure voices of those affected are heard throughout.
The Diocese recognise that coming forward may be extremely difficult, and dedicated support has been set up to help with this. Two confidential listening services have been established for those who have experienced church-related abuse, but may want to talk through their experiences and feelings before taking any further steps.
Bishop Andrew, Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Guildford said:
“It is important we do everything we can to make our churches the safest places they can be. This review will help to ensure that concerns reported to our churches have been dealt with properly, and care taken and support given is of the highest quality, that people rightly deserve.
“We have learnt from a previous review that that survivors and victims’ voices are critical, and I would urge you to come forward.”