Protocols and practice guidance for the Church of England’s Past Cases Review 2, (PCR2) have been published and are on the National Church of England Website: churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church/safeguarding-news-statements/past-cases-review-2
Individual survivors who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process in the Diocese of Derby or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Safeguarding Team on 01332 388678.
However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated national helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, was set up in September 2019 and remains available.
Survivors and victims 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, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.
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 will be conducted.
We are now at the beginning of the PCR2 process, this is an independent review to look at all the safeguarding files, historic and current for both adults and children, including all Church officers.
The review aims to ensure that wherever concerns have been raised that the cases have been handled appropriately.
The National Church has given a commitment to undertake a new Past Cases Review (PCR2) which will not only look at all types of harm, both to children and or adults, but will probe much deeper in records or concerns held in parishes, some of which may not have been reported to the DSA.
Your vicar (or church warden if in Interregnum) will now have received a letter from Bishop Libby outlining what is required to enable this significant piece of work to be completed.
We need to submit the final report to the National Safeguarding team by the end of December 2020.
We will be in touch directly with PSOs to give the detail of the next step, but as mentioned in the last Newsletter it may be helpful if you identify where any parish records are held so that there is less work to do when we ask you for the details.
The timescale for responding to PCR2 in the Diocese of Derby is by 31st March 2020.
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On Monday, 1 July, IICSA will begin the final series of public hearings into safeguarding within the Church of England.
It has previously considered safeguarding within the Diocese of Chichester and the concerns relating to Bishop Peter Ball. It produced a series of recommendations earlier in June.
July’s hearing will focus on how the Church of England currently manages safeguarding concerns, and we expect IICSA to publish a final report later this year.
The Diocese of Derby is conscious that the work of the public inquiry may trigger memories and be traumatic for some individuals.
Bishop Libby would like to reassure anyone who is affected by the content of the IICSA hearing that the Diocese will take seriously any concerns or information relating to safeguarding within the Church.
Should you wish to talk to someone about this, the safeguarding team is available to work with you directly, or to signpost you to the most appropriate resource, and can be contacted on 01332 388678 or via this link: https://derby.anglican.org/en/safeguarding.html
The team is available if you want to talk about any new or non-recent concern relating to any church officer or person working within the Church.
Derby Cathedral was visited by SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) for an audit of safeguarding provision in March 2019.
The report from the Audit was published on 30 April 2019.
The Chapter of Derby Cathedral welcomes the report, which will now form the basis of the Cathedral’s work on safeguarding for the future.
The Chapter is committed to safeguarding all at Derby Cathedral.
An action plan will be adopted by the Chapter at its meeting in September.
This will be published on the Cathedral website as soon as it has been adopted.