16 December 2005

Pearl Luxon appointed to new joint Anglican-Methodist post

The Revd Pearl Luxon has been appointed to the joint post of Safeguarding Adviser for the Methodist Church and the Church of England. She will take up the post in September 2006 on the retirement of Mrs Janet Hind as National Child Protection Adviser for the Church of England.

It is the first national joint post created by the two Churches since the historic Anglican-Methodist Covenant was signed in November 2003. 'Creating this post allows the two churches to speak with one voice,' says Pearl. 'It shows the seriousness with which both Churches take child protection.' She will liase with government, police, probation service and charities to ensure that the churches are up to date with legislation and best practice in protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Pearl, a Methodist minister and experienced Probation Officer, is currently Head of Safeguarding for the Methodist Church as well as running the Churches' Agency for Safeguarding (a joint venture between a number of Churches for processing Criminal Records Bureau disclosures). The appointment will coincide with the CAS becoming independent of the Methodist Church and appointing a new Chief Executive. Both Churches will continue their own arrangements for CRB disclosures and will retain their own safeguarding policies and church specific procedures.

The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, the Church of England's liaison bishop for Child Protection, welcomed the initiative as 'a practical outworking of the Anglican-Methodist Covenant. I am delighted that Mrs Luxon will be fulfilling this new, joint role.'

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