A high standard of integrity and service is expected of our Clergy. Mostly that standard is met, but occasionally individual Clergy can fall short of what is expected. When this occurs there are different ways to respond:
- When it is a minor incident or behaviour, you are encouraged to share your disappointment with the clergy person concerned and resolve it together.
- Where that is insufficient the Bishop’s Chaplain can put you in touch with a member of the Bishop’s Staff or the Area Dean so that the matter is addressed and rectified informally. The Bishop’s Chaplain can be contacted by phone 01905 731599 or 731603, or by e-mail, marked “confidential” to: bishopschaplain@cofe... or in writing to The Bishop’s Chaplain, The Bishop’s Office, The Old Palace, Deansway, Worcester, WR1 2JE.
- If the problem is more serious and may amount to misconduct which warrants disciplinary action, the provisions of the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 may be required. The Measure provides a procedure for handling such complaints of misconduct and refers to any member of clergy, including the Bishop of Worcester or the Bishop of Dudley. Information about the Clergy Discipline process is available here.
At whatever level you are concerned, please be assured that your complaint will be taken seriously.
Penalties under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003
In accordance with guidance issued by the Clergy Discipline Commission under section 3(3)(b) of the Clergy Discipline Measure and paragraph 263 of the Code of Practice, a Register of Penalties imposed by the Bishop in cases where there has been no Tribunal is kept by the Diocesan Registry. This can be accessed upon application by emailing: Diocesan Registrar Kirsty Duxbury.
Records of Tribunal decisions can be accessed on the Church of England website.