Update on Makin Review

The Church of England has issued the following update on the Makin Review, which is currently in the process of “Maxwellisation“. The finalized report will be handed to the Archbishops’ Council “by the end of the summer” after which the Council will determine its date of publication.

Update from independent reviewer Keith Makin


I can confirm that the representations process, as referenced in my last update on 14th May 2024, is progressing. Those named and criticised in the review report have been given the opportunity to comment on the extracts which are relevant to them. Once their responses have been received and considered and any amendments arising from this made, I will hand the report to the Archbishops’ Council for subsequent publication. This is unlikely to be until the end of the summer as my priority is to ensure that this final stage is carefully conducted, recognising the impact on all those affected. I confirm this will be done as soon as practically possible. At that point the date of publication will be decided by the Archbishops’ Council.


Both the reviewers and the Church recognise that giving information to this review has the potential to be re-traumatising for victims and survivors. While support has previously been offered the NST has now secured the service of a specialist advocacy service. FearFree Support provides specialist support to victims and survivors of abuse, offering trauma informed and victim led bespoke support. Its director of services has identified an experienced independent advocate for victims and survivors to deliver this service and this information has been relayed to the survivors and victims.

Contact: kate.williams@fearfree.org.uk, mb 07442 968767/helpdesk 01225775276

There is an additional offer of therapeutic support for victims and survivors of Smyth from Yellow Door.

Yellow Door is an organisation that can offer evidence-based therapy to support victims and survivors of abuse and those that have experienced trauma.

Contact Yellow Door confidentially at reviewsupport@yellowdoor.org.uk.

Support for victims and survivors of other Church-related cases can be accessed here.


Madeleine Davies of the Church Times notes “[s]ince the Makin review into John Smyth’s abuse was commissioned in 2019 there have been 15 announcements about delays to the timetable”. 
Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Update on Makin Review" in Law & Religion UK, 2 July 2024, https://lawandreligionuk.com/2024/07/02/update-on-makin-review/

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