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Past Cases Review 2

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In 2007, the Church of England commissioned a Past Cases Review (2007-2009) which sought to look at the Church's handling of safeguarding over many years.

A report in 2018 revealed many shortcomings both in the process and final outcome of this original Past Cases Review and as a result, the Church of England announced that all dioceses must now complete a second review.

The Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) is part of the Church's ongoing scrutiny of its handling of past and current safeguarding cases.

You can read a detailed background and overview of PCR 2 here.

You can read PCR 2 protocol and practice guidance here.

A Church of England media release on PCR 2 can be read here.

The Diocese of Chelmsford Survivor Care Strategy can be read here.

The process in the Diocese of Chelmsford and publicity resources for parishes

Commissioned by the Church of England, the Diocese of Chelmsford is now undertaking a number of steps to implement PCR2. These are the same steps that are being undertaken in every diocese across the country.

In September 2019, the then Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell wrote to every parish asking incumbents, with the support of parish safeguarding representatives, to check that all known cases within their parish, both historic and current had been notified to the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer. Where a case had not been reported they were asked to do so immediately. All parishes were required to respond to this request and the vast majority of parishes have now done so, for which we thank you.

  1. Bishop Stephen's letter to parishes
  2. Acommpanying declaration form
  3. Table 1A

From 19 July 2021, a team of independent reviewers has been looking at every:

  1. safeguarding file, past and present
  2. file relating to church officers, both lay and ordained, past and present

During that process, should any issues arise that require action, they will be dealt with at the time. At the end of the process, the reviewers will write a report for the Diocese and the Church of England.

What to do if you have information to disclose

Individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process, who need to come forward with relevant information or want to make to any safeguarding disclosures regarding church-related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

A thank you

We are very grateful for the understanding and cooperation of everyone in our parishes in undertaking this essential work to help ensure that our churches are a safer place for everyone.

For more information please contact Communications
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Independent Audit of Safeguarding

An independent audit of safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford was conducted by SCIE in April 2017. This was part of a national programme of audits.

Read the diocesan response to the report.

And the report in full.