The email below was sent to all diocese from the National Communications Team it should be brought to the attention of congregations. By making as many people as possible aware of the study it is hoped they will get a good response and ensure the validity of the research. While we have not been given a timescale for completing the survey, I would think it will still be possible to complete it during June.
“Dr Craig Harper from Nottingham Trent University, along with colleagues from the Church of England, is conducting some research on how members of various communities make sense of allegations of abuse. The research hopes to establish some of the factors that may affect people’s willingness to believe allegations of abuse in various settings. By taking part in this research, which we believe is the first of its kind in the UK, the Church stands to gain much-needed knowledge about the processes by which members of our community make these decisions. This knowledge will help us to better serve and protect the children and adults we are responsible for.
The research involves completing an online questionnaire, which should take approximately 10 minutes. It is completely confidential and you have the right to withdraw at any point. If you would like to take part, please click on the link below which will take you to further information about the research, and to the questionnaire itself”
Thank you on behalf of the Safeguarding Review Group
(Judy Cowling, Rosie Duke, Mark Green, Jo Haine, Jean Saddington and Thomas Woodhouse). May 2018