Archbishop launches probe in Chichester diocese

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THE Archbishop of Canterbury has set up an inquiry into child protection policies in the diocese of Chichester.

Lambeth Palace said the inquiry had been launched ‘in response to concerns within the diocese’ but declined to expand on the background to the fears.

Current child protection arrangements in the diocese will be scrutinised during the investigation and recommendations for the future will be made.

Dr Rowan Williams has appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC to conduct the inquiry, which Lambeth Palace said had the backing of Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd Dr John Hind.

In July, it was announced that father-of-three Dr Hind will retire next April after 11 years as the 102nd Bishop of Chichester, having taken over in 2001 from Bishop Eric Kemp.

A spokeswoman for Lambeth Palace – the London residence of the Archbishop – refused to say whether the concerns related to current or historic child protection issues.