Jersey church investigation underway
Dame Heather Steel DBE has begun her investigation into a Jersey church safeguarding complaint from 2008.
The Dame's inquiries will feed into a bigger investigation into how good Jersey's church is at protecting people.
Dame Steel is a former Court of Appeal Judge in Jersey, having retired last year, and is a former High Court Judge in England and Wales.
The investigation follows the independent Korris Review into Safeguarding in the Deanery of Jersey, published in March 2013, which considered the case of a vulnerable adult parishioner, who had made a complaint about abusive behaviour by a churchwarden.
The Investigation will now make further inquiries, find facts and make recommendations about whether or not disciplinary complaints should be brought against any member of the clergy as a result of the matters raised in the Korris Review.
The Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Rev Tim Dakin, said: "We are enormously grateful that Dame Heather has offered her considerable expertise to us all.
"As I have said before, we cannot stress enough the importance of safeguarding.
"We are committed to understanding fully the circumstances of this complaint and to ensuring that we take whatever action is required to ensure that our Church is a safe haven for the vulnerable.
"I am also grateful for the cooperation of the Dean in these matters, following his recent apology.
"As he has said, together we recognise the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in Jersey and we want to ensure the safeguarding procedures of the Diocese achieve this as part of the whole Church's mission.
"These ongoing inquiries will form a vital part of our learning."
Dame Heather Steel will also be advised and assisted in her inquiries by States of Jersey Police.