RepositoryChurch of England Record Centre
LevelSubfonds
Alt Ref NoBSR/SPC
Extent333 files, 4 volumes
TitleSocial Policy Committee (SPC)
Date1958-1993
DescriptionRecords of the Social Policy Committee and its predecessors, Moral Welfare Council of the Board for Social Responsibility (1958-1961), The Church of England Council for Social Work (1961-1964), Diocesan Moral and Social Work Council (1964-1972), Committee for Liaison with the Social Services (1964-1972) and Committee for Social Work and Social Services (1972-1981). Includes minutes of meetings, correspondence, topic files containing papers, pamphlets, reports and correspondence, and papers in relation to Working Parties set up by the Committee.
AdminHistoryThe old Church of England Moral Welfare Council became part of the newly established Board for Social Responsibility on the 1st January 1958. Integration wasn't without issues, and only after much deliberation regarding the precise status of the Council within the Board for Social Responsibility did it became a council (or executive body) of the Board, with licence to continue its previous work in a more administered and co-ordinated way (a survey was carried out to effect this change). The first meeting of the newly reformed Council took place on the 6 February 1958 with the Bishop of St. Albans in the chair.

The work coming under the auspices of the Committee would be in response to requests by the Board, or from external sources. The central figure of the Committee was the Secretary. S/he would generally sit as Secretary on any Working Parties established by the Committee to consider particular issues - acting as a hub for correspondence between members as well as providing wide ranging knowledge and experience, and would also be expected to represent the BSR on a number of external bodies and boards. Other Staff members of the SPC would be expected to liaise with diocesan Church social workers through consultations, pay visits to diocese and keep abreast of any relevant new legislation.

As an example of the type of work the body was concerned with, the stated aims in March 1960 were;

1. To advise and assist the appropriate diocesan councils, and to promote co-ordination of work between them.
2. To integrate the social work of the Church with that of the statutory and the other voluntary social services, with a view to co-operation in service and to concerted thought and action in relation to social policies and social development.
3. To foster among Christians a vocation to social work in statutory and voluntary services, at home and abroad.
4. To arrange for the recruiting and training of social services primarily for the service with the Church.
5. To promote in-service training for social workers employed by diocesan councils and local associations and to encourage a proper attention to their conditions of service and their pastoral needs.

Throughout its history the Council underwent a number of name changes to reflect the changing nature of the work it was tasked with. Initially known as the Moral Welfare Council of the Board for Social Responsibility, in 1961 it became The Church of England Council for Social Work (CSW), with the new name intended to make clear it was 'carrying moral welfare work into a new context'. In 1964 the CSW was replaced by two Committees; the Committee for Diocesan Moral and Social Work Councils (DMSW) and the Committee for Liaison with the Social Services (LSSC), before once again in 1972 the work of these two Committee's was drawn together to become the Committee for Social Work and the Social Services (CSWSS). Finally, in 1981, the CSWSS was replaced by the Social Policy Committee, with the first meeting taking place on 17 December 1981.


By 1980 the Terms of Reference of the Social Policy Committee had been refined as follows;

1. The Committee shall have primary responsibility within the Board for the legislation and other developments in the fields of social policy and practice, both statutory and voluntary, including the health and social services, social security, housing, penal and police affairs and other issues which may be referred to it from time to time.
2. The Committee shall administer the Education Work Funs and the Metropolitan Police Home Fund, and appoint Trustees to administer the White Cross Fund.
3. The Committee shall consider such aspects of sexuality, marriage and family life as are agreed with the Board.

With much of the day-to-day work under the stewardship of the Secretary, the more in-depth tasks of the Committee were undertaken via Working Parties made up of experts in the particular field of interest. Investigating a particular subject for a defined length of time, the output would generally be a report to be presented to the Board, and/or Synod, then published. Examples of issues investigated include, the Welfare State, Ageing, Moral Welfare Recruitment and Training, and the family.

Chairmen of the Social Policy Committee (and prdecessors);

- Right Rev. E. M. Gresford Jones, Bishop of St. Albans, 1958-1961
- Right Rev. Mark Hodson. Bishop of Hereford, 1962-1967
- Right Rev. Graham Leonard, Bishop of Willesden, (DMSW later CSWSS), 1968-1976
- Very Rev. E.H. Patey, (LSSC), 1964-1969
- Mrs P. Cornwall-Jones, (CSWSS), 1976-1977
- Rev Dr. Norman Todd, 1979-1981
- Right Rev. R.L. Fisher, Bishop of St. Germans, 1981-c1985
- Right Rev. Ronnie Bowlby, Bishop of Southwark, 1986-1989
- Right Rev. Jim Thompson, Bishop of Stepney/Bath and Wells, 1990-

Secretaries of the Social Policy Committee (and prdecessors);

- Rev. G.R.Dunston, 1958-c1963
- Miss P.M. Claisse, (LSSC), 1964-1972
- Miss E.M. Magness,(DMSW), 1964-1972
- Miss Helen Morrice, 1973-1984
- Rev. D. Wainwright, 1974-1978
- Alison Webster, 1984-1995
- Miss Debbie Cunnigham, 1995
CustodialHistoryCBF Registry A/37/5

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