Work is underway in the Diocese of Chester into Past Case Review 2 (PCR2), a new national past cases review into the handling of safeguarding files in the Church.
PCR2 has a key focus of listening to survivors who want to come forward. PCR2 follows on from an earlier review in 2007 and is part of the Church's ongoing scrutiny of its handling of past and current safeguarding cases.
The Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair, announced details of PCR2 in a letter to all parishes on Monday 27 January, in which he outlined what parishes are required to do.
Bishop Keith, who leads on safeguarding in the Diocese of Chester says: "We want to ensure that all of our worshipping communities and church-related activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults. All dioceses have been asked to undertake and participate in this new review process which is known nationally as PCR2.
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">“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.” </span>
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">All information that is shared as part of PCR2 will be reviewed by an Independent Reviewer and appropriate action will be taken. </span>
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">All parishes are required to respond to PCR2, which is commissioned by the Church of England and is being carried out to make our churches safer for everyone. </span>
Further information can be found on the diocesan website here: http://www.chester.anglican.org/pcr2
Listening to survivors
Individuals who wish to make representations or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church-related abuse, are encouraged to contact the Vicar or to make direct contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Pauline Butterfield, on 07703 800031, or call the dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the Church, by the NSPCC.