BBC reports that social services in the UK have called for resignation of Bishop Benn.
Social care chiefs do not believe children’s safety is assured within services provided by the Diocese of Chichester, letters have revealed.
BBC South East Today obtained copies of the letters from East Sussex County Council to the Archbishop of Canterbury under the Freedom of Information Act.
The correspondence called for the immediate suspension of the Bishop of Lewes, the Right Reverend Wallace Benn.
In their letter, they said: “We do not believe current arrangements within the diocese can assure the safety of children.”
“We remain convinced that insufficient attention is being paid to the ongoing and immediate safeguarding of children in Sussex.”
And the correspondence also revealed calls had been made for more than three months, for the immediate suspension of Bishop Benn.
The letter said: “We have no confidence in the judgement and conduct of Bishop Benn, in relation to dealing with safeguarding issues, and believe it is appalling that the Church seems reluctant to take decisive and immediate action.
“Bishop Benn faces serious questions of, at best, his competence to ensure children are protected, and at worst, his gross negligence in the face of serious allegations against staff he was responsible for.
Read it all here and watch BBC video where serious concerns are raised about the lack of response from Lambeth Palace and the Church of England.