Church of England Safeguarding Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2)
Learning from the past
In 2007, the Church of England commissioned a Past Cases Review which sought to look at the handling by the church of child protection cases. This involved the independent scrutiny of the files of clergy and church officers to identify any person presenting an ongoing risk to children and young people which had not been acted on appropriately. Following a 2018 review of the effectiveness of the first Past Cases Review, a second review, known as PCR2 is taking place in every diocese across the Church of England over the next year.
It is important that all known cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults have been considered and dealt with appropriately. A key part of PCR2 is to ensure that there are no outstanding and unmanaged safeguarding risks to children, young people and vulnerable adults posed by church officers. The review will seek to ensure that the support needs of known survivors of church abuse have been considered and met.
Chris Cloke, Independent chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) has written to all statutory partners, to inform them of the process and to identify points of contacts. PCR2 is a central part of the Diocese of Guildford’s proactive approach to identifying any occasions where abuse allegations have not been managed appropriately or safely, or with the needs of the vulnerable at the centre of its decision making.
At the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021, a team of independent reviewers will be considering all cases of concern relating to the behaviour of church officers towards children and vulnerable people known to the Diocese of Guildford.
More information about PCR2 is available from the Church of England website
Listening to victims and survivors
A key part of PCR2 is to make sure the voices of victims and survivors are involved throughout the process. The Diocese of Guildford wants to hear from victims and survivors, to listen and to learn from their experiences. On 24th November 2020, the Diocese launched a media initiative to raise awareness in the community that this work was underway and to ask victims and survivors to come forward.
Support to victims and survivors of abuse
Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor Jackie Broadfoot (email@example.com , 07918 559387)
A dedicated telephone helpline – 0800 80 20 20 – operated independently from the Church of England by the NSPCC has been set up. We hope this will make it easier for you to talk about what happened to you.
Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context, whether they are reporting issues relating to children or adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.
Dedicated Diocese of Guildford listening support
We recognise that local support is also critical. The Diocese has put in place two listening provisions for those people who have experienced church related abuse but who might want to talk through their experiences and feeling before taking any next step. The two different listening options will allow those people who do come forward to Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor Jackie Broadfoot to choose who and how they are supported.
Authorised Listeners (a Diocesan led listening provision)
The diocese has three trained and experienced volunteer Authorised Listeners, two female and one male, supervised by the Diocesan Counsellor, who have experience of providing valuable listening to adults with a lived experience of abuse, referred to them by the DSA.
thirtyone:eight listening service(an independent third party listening provision)
Their listening service is specifically for survivors of abuse to help them talk through their experiences, think about what actions or next steps they may want to take and to support All listeners are professionally trained social workers, police officers or teachers and have significant experience in safeguarding and supporting those impacted.