Audits and Reviews

Audits and Reviews

We strive to improve our practice all the time and welcome opportunities to participate in external reviews.  When this happens the outcome of any review is presented and considered by the DSAP and we look for ways in which all the recommendations can be embraced.  Here are a few of the recent external audit reports fir the Diocese:

Graham Gregory: Lessons Learnt Review | The Church of England

The publication of the report into the actions of Graham Gregory is a stark reminder of the failures of the Church over many years, including within the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

We are deeply sorry for the part of the Diocese in this failure, and for the lack of empathy and action at the time these issues were drawn to diocesan attention. The National Safeguarding Team, NST, is seeking reassurance that current safeguarding practice in all dioceses is up to date and that a very different approach would be adopted now.

Apologies will never take away the lifelong effect on the survivors and victims, but pastoral support has been offered to all those affected.

We will be considering the findings in the report carefully in order to assess what further action may be required in this diocese.

We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our parishes and communities across this diocese, ensuring church is a safe place for all. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact safeguarding@southwell.anglican.org   or call 01636 817200. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk please contact the police.

Update on Past Case Review 2

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team are pleased to announce the conclusion of the Past Case Review 2, which commenced in February 2020. This examination of diocesan safeguarding practice since 2007 has provided some helpful insight and recommendations.

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the process; we are grateful for the thoroughness and commitment participants have shown.

We are enacting the recommendations made within the report, in consultation with the Diocesan Independent Chair for Safeguarding and the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel, to ensure that our safeguarding practice continues to improve and that the actions agreed with the Independent Reviewers are completed.

The National Safeguarding Team will be collating all the results for summer 2022.

Past Case Review 2 (PCR2) 2021

PCR2 is a key step to making our Churches a safer place for all and is a large-scale independent review of the handling by the Church of England’s safeguarding cases over many years. It involves a scrutiny of clergy and church officers’ files to identify anyone potentially presenting on-going risks to children, adults at risk of harm and domestic abuse. It also seeks to identify those past cases which have not been acted upon appropriately. It follows PCR1 which took place in 2008/09; this further review includes files held at a parish level and there is a key focus on engaging survivors of any Church based abuse in the process. The review approved by the House of Bishops is being carried out across all 42 dioceses and includes all Cathedrals, Anglican Religious Communities and Theological Institutions. The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham has been working to complete our part of the PCR2 process and we will provide more details about what has been happening early in the New Year. This work is ongoing with the final national report due to be published in June 2022.

IICSA 2018

Following a number of high profile child abuse cases, the British Government ordered a public inquiry into how large organisations respond to allegations of child sexual abuse.  The Church of England volunteered to participate in the Inquiry following the allegations made against Bishop Peter Ball and the Archbishop’s commissionaires report into the safeguarding arrangements in the Diocese of Chichester.

On 6th October 2020 the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA, published its Investigation Report, The Anglican Church – Safeguarding in the Church of England and the Church in Wales. 

The full report can be accessed here

Summary and Recommendations

IICSA Letter

SCIE 2016 audit of Southwell and Nottingham Diocese safeguarding arrangements

In 2016 the Diocese was audited as part of a national church-wide audit of each of the then 43 Dioceses.  All the audits were undertaken by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) and took place over a three-day period in 2016.  Southwell and Nottingham were one of the early diocesan audits and the report was presented to the DSAP.

Southwell and Nottingham Final Report

Safeguarding action plan in response to SCIE audit

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