A Communication from Bishop Paul concerning PCR2 – 17th February 2020
The Church of England is undertaking a second review of files held in all dioceses and parishes to ensure that churches and church related activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults.
Known as the Past Cases Review 2, it aims to identify both good practice and institutional failings in the way that allegations of abuse have been handled in the past. It will also provide recommendations on how practice and processes can be improved.
All Parishes in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham are obliged to submit relevant information for the review. Parishes have been asked to check back through their parish records to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations involving clergy or church officers have been reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA). In parishes without a priest, the churchwardens will complete the review supported by the Area Dean.
Preparation for PCR2 is already underway as it needs to be completed by the end of 2020
Barry Earnshaw, Independent Chair to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP), will work with independent case reviewers to scrutinise the files to make sure all cases have been dealt with appropriately.
Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, or who need to come forward with information, or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse, are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) on 01636 817200 or email email@example.com
However, recognising that for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church this may not feel comfortable, a dedicated telephone helpline – 0800 80 20 20 – operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, has been set up. Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.
PCR2 – a national programme
Every other Diocese in the Church of England is undertaking a similar review. The previous past cases review, carried out in 2007, looked at safeguarding complaints made against clergy in relation to children. PCR2 is much broader in scope and will look at all safeguarding complaints made against clergy and church officials relating to children and adults, including domestic abuse.
Survivors were not invited to contribute to the 2007-2009 PCR and the Church has wanted to ensure a different, trauma informed approach is taken by PCR2. Listening to survivor voices has helped to shape how this review itself will be conducted.
It is hoped that when the PCR2 has been completed the Church will be able to state that:
- All known safeguarding cases have been appropriately managed and reported to statutory agencies or the police where appropriate;
- The needs of any known victims have been considered and that sources of support have been identified and offered, where this is appropriate;
- All identified risks have been assessed and mitigated as far as is reasonably possible.
PCR2 is an integral part of House of Bishops Promoting a Safer Church policy.
Review of original PCR by Roger Singleton published June 2018