Church of England statement on BBC Panorama programme

The Church of England has issued the following statement on the forthcoming programme “Scandal in the Church of England” to be broadcast on Monday 29 April.

BBC Panorama


Statement from National Safeguarding Team

BBC Panorama this Monday (April 29) will feature interviews with survivors of church-related abuse in a programme entitled ‘Scandal in the Church of England’. We have worked with the producers to provide information and a response to the range of issues raised, particularly around the Past Cases Review. There will be a personal response from Bishop Peter Hancock, the Church’s lead safeguarding bishop, once the programme has been aired. Bishop Peter has also been interviewed for the programme.

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The broadcast will coincide with the IICSA second seminar on mandatory reporting which will take place on 29 and 30 April 2019.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Church of England statement on BBC Panorama programme" in Law & Religion UK, 26 April 2019,

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