A new comprehensive policy (Code) onĀ safeguarding practice reviews (SPR), previously called lessons learned reviews, was approved by General Synod in July 2023. The policy is clear that reflective learning by Church bodies in respect of safeguarding can take different forms. When a situation demands a more formal approach with an independent dimension, a SPR will be commissioned. It is expected these cases will be in the minority.

Ongoing independent reviews

  • John Smyth review – a review of the Church’s handlings of allegations against the late John Smyth who between 1978-82 violently abused young men linked with the Iwerne Trust, a non-denominational Christian charity.
  • Christ Church, Oxford - review of the handling of alleged safeguarding issues regarding the former Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Dr Martyn Percy; 

Completed reviews & reports

Other key reports


Source URL: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/reviews-reports