The Redress Project Team is continuing to work with survivors, colleagues within the Church and external partners to develop and deliver the Church’s National Redress Scheme.
The March meeting of the National Redress Board was chaired by Bishop Philip Mounstephen and undertook a review of progress to date. The Board continues to closely monitor progress and ensure that the Church Redress Scheme is developed and implemented effectively and efficiently. The next Board meeting is in May 2023.
Non-financial redress remains a core part of the Redress Scheme and the Survivors’ Working Group members are working hard to develop proposals to take to a future Board for decision.
The Financial Focus Group, comprising senior officials from across the Church of England, is also developing its recommendations for consideration by the Board, though these have yet to be finalised or shared with the Survivors’ Working Group.
The Survivor Consultation Survey has been paused temporarily but will be re-launched with appropriate communications to survivors as soon as possible. It remains an important part of the consultation phase, to ensure that the Scheme takes full account of the “survivor journey” through the application process.
Several workshop events with Diocesan and Cathedral safeguarding advisors, colleagues from the National Safeguarding Team and Chairs of Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panels, took place recently. These events were designed to update those working within the Church of England about the development of the Scheme, to seek their views about its implementation and discuss the impact on local safeguarding teams.