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Final call to give evidence for Jonathan Fletcher safeguarding review

by Cara Bentley

Anyone with relevant information concerning Rev Jonathan Fletcher has their final chance to give evidence towards a review into safeguarding during and since his leadership.

Thirtyone:eight, an independent Christian safegurdaing charity, is asking anyone to come forward with information about the safeguarding culture at Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon from 1982 to now to make themselves known to them in private. 

Evidence of good practice is also welcome and will be included in a review into the practices there. 

Jonathan Fletcher was the vicar at Emmanuel for three decades and was accused of 'spiritual abuse', such as by asking for massages from men in his congregation but also dominating church meetings and services. 

He is in his seventies and has had his Permission to Officiate removed by the Church of England. 

Thirtyone:Eight says anyone who has not yet made contact, including victims and survivors, who wishes to participate in the review can do so confidentially by emailing: 

Potential participants' identities can be protected should they choose to participate.

Identities of confirmed participants will be known only by the reviewers. 

Justin Humphreys, CEO at Thirtyone:eight, said: "We have worked extremely hard to ensure that this review can be conducted completely independently and with a robust methodology. Throughout this process, we wish to be clear that the voices of victims and survivors must be heard; from the development of the scope to the drafting and publication of the report. I can commend both Dr Lisa Oakley and Simon Plant as professionals of outstanding expertise and sensitivity in dealing with such matters."


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