The Church of England is committed to learning from the past and working with victims and survivors of Church-related abuse to improve current and future practice and ensure the Church of England is a safer place for all.
The Church has also committed to the development of a National Redress Scheme (‘the Scheme’) for victims and survivors of Church-related abuse. The Scheme is intended to be a helpful, timely, user-friendly and survivor-centred response to victims and survivors.
The Church of England is seeking applications from those who have experienced any form of abuse or harm to join the National Redress Scheme Victim and Survivor Working Group. This working group is a body that will bring together key stakeholder representatives to provide experience and advice in connection with the development of the National Redress Scheme. The engagement of representatives as part of the Group will be paramount in the development of the Scheme to ensure those affected by abuse, harm or neglect by the Church access the right care and support as early as possible.
There are six victim or survivor representative roles on the working group, and all positions are currently vacant for a victim or survivor of abuse.
We are looking for representatives who are:
This post may involve discussing potentially distressing issues. Applicants must be aware that emotional resilience will be required in these circumstances. Access to support services, including those within and external to the Church, will be made available to participants if required.
Please contact Simon H. Stanley on: email@example.com if you would like to would like to discuss this position or seek further information. Application is by way of a brief application form.
Interview dates will be Tuesday 10th August and Thursday 12th August (candidates to attend one date)
The Victim and Survivor Working Group will run for a two-year period and representatives are expected to commit for that period.
This is a voluntary position. However, an honorarium of £25 per hour is available for working group meetings and for agreed activity in connection with the Working Group. This rate includes any advance preparation for meetings. Reasonable expenses will also be paid in accordance with the National Church Institutions (Church of England) expenses policy.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME
The development of a National Redress Scheme forms part of the Church of England’s commitment to survivors, as set out in its response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (or IICSA) final report. This report has been accepted by the Archbishops’ Council, the House of Bishops, and the General Synod.
The aims of the National Redress Scheme are:
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