News and events Stories Statement from the national Church regarding the BBC2 documentary on Peter Ball, former Bishop of Gloucester The BBC has confirmed it is screening a documentary about abuse by Bishop Peter Ball on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th January on BBC2 between 9-10 pm. The programme is billed as ‘Exposed: The Church's Dark Secret’. Whilst the Diocese of Lincoln has no direct involvement with this case or with this programme we are aware that safeguarding issues continue to have a high profile in this diocese and we also wanted to acknowledge that this programme may be a trigger, for many different reasons, for people living with a history of abuse within the church. Because of this we wanted to share the statement from the national safeguarding team (this is also pasted below). We also wanted to ensure that we provided information about local sources of support in relation to abuse within the church context in our diocese. Our Safeguarding Advocate is Gemma Marks-Good and she can be reached on [email protected] or on 01522 504070 Click here for more information about sources of support. Statement from the national Church of England Tuesday 7th January, 2020 The BBC has confirmed it is screening a documentary on the Peter Ball case – Mon/Tues Jan 13/14, BBC 2 9-10 pm. The programme is billed as ‘Exposed: The Church's Dark Secret’ We have supported a number of people, at their request, who have given interviews to the programme, but no official comment has been requested from the Church. The abuse perpetrated by Peter Ball, who was convicted in 2015 and died in 2019, was a grievous abuse of trust and the Archbishop of Canterbury commissioned a review into the Church's handling of the case, which was carried out by Dame Moira Gibb. Her report, An Abuse of Faith, was published in 2017 and the Church has subsequently responded to the Gibb recommendations The case was also the subject of one of the IICSA hearings into the Anglican Church in England and Wales (see page 2). Anyone who maybe affected by the programme should contact Emily Denne [email protected] or go to our page on survivor support services.