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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, May 19, 2003
    Spent some of today in a meeting where representatives of the probation service and the police met together with representatives of the church to talk about child abuse issues. Some insights, and much celebration that this cross-fertilisation was taking place at all. Only a decade ago agencies kept their own counsel; now it's considered essential, and felt to be valuable, for people from various disciplines to bring their expertise and experience together to find creative solutions to society's problems.

    It could go further though. Though good, much of the language and thinking in these disciplines is dry, sober and technical. I look forward to another decade when such gatherings will be attended by probation, police, priests ... and poets ...