The following is issued by the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Office of the Bishop of Lincoln.

A statement from The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt. Revd. Christopher Lowson.  

I have asked the bishop of Grantham to lead on all safeguarding arrangements in the diocese of Lincoln and have formally delegated this responsibility to him from 18th April 2019. 

A non-recent safeguarding matter reported in the diocese of Lincoln is being investigated. All appropriate information has been passed on to the police and statutory authorities. 

I have taken this decision because I have discovered that my interaction with the matter will need to be part of the investigation. The investigation will be led by the National Safeguarding Team and I will be cooperating fully with its work.

Good safeguarding practice supports the development of safer expressions of care to all and underpins the love and welcome of God for all people. The diocese of Lincoln takes very seriously its safeguarding responsibilities at every level, and whilst this investigation takes place it is appropriate that I take this step.

I will continue in all other duties relating to my role as bishop of Lincoln.

I will not be making any further public comment in relation to this matter at this time.