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Lord Carlile Named as Independent Reviewer in George Bell Case (posted 23 November 2016)

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Lord Carlile named as Independent Reviewer in George Bell Case

Lord Carlile of Berriew has been named as the independent reviewer of the processes used in the Bishop George Bell case.  The lessons learnt review, commissioned by the Church of England's National Safeguarding Team, in accordance with the House of Bishops' guidance on all complex cases, is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

In 2015 the Bishop of Chichester issued a formal apology following the settlement of a legal civil claim regarding allegations of sexual abuse by Bishop Bell, who was Bishop of Chichester from 1929 until shortly before his death in 1958.

The aim of the review will be to look at the processes surrounding the allegations which were first brought in 1995 to the diocese of Chichester, with the same allegations brought again, this time to Lambeth Palace in 2013.  It will also consider the processes, including the commissioning of independent expert reports and archival and other investigations, which were used to inform the decision to settle the case, in order to learn lessons which can be applied to the handling of similar safeguarding cases in the future.

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