Response to Telegraph Article - 23/ 01/21 

This weekend Emmanuel Church has provided the following statement to the Telegraph newspaper:

At every stage the independent review into Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon has been and continues to be conducted fairly, openly and appropriately by independent safeguarding organisation, thirtyone:eight.  Emmanuel Church will at no time be able to ‘re-write’ the report, and the findings of the report will be presented transparently and in full when the report is published.  

Thirtyone:eight is carefully and sensitively overseeing the review process, with the involvement and scrutiny of an Independent Advisory Group, including its victim representatives.

The steps that will be taken to finalise the report, including Emmanuel Church’s involvement for a short period prior to its publication, were agreed by all parties at the outset.  This is normal practice for any report, enabling the necessary fact-checking to take place, with the aim of making the report as robust and accurate as it can be.  

Any suggested changes of factual accuracy for inclusion in the report made by Emmanuel church will be vetted by thirtyone:eight, and will take place within this period of report finalisation, and will not delay its publication or change its findings or recommendations.

Emmanuel’s trustees and church elders continue to be committed to an open, transparent and honest process of sharing the report findings with victims and the public as soon as possible, alongside the church’s response to the report and our commitment to implementing any changes that need to be made.

Independent safeguarding organisation, thirtyone:eight, have also provided a statement to the Telegraph, which will be found on here



Sarah Hall, 23/01/2021