Past Cases Review 2

Past Cases Review 2 is a Church of England commissioned independent review of safeguarding cases and practice over the last ten years which has provided some helpful insight and recommendations. The diocesan and cathedral safeguarding teams are pleased to announce the conclusion of the PCR2 for the Diocese of Canterbury and Canterbury Cathedral.

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

It is expected that all dioceses will complete their reviews by the end of the year and the national report will be published in the first half of 2022.  It will contain overall data, themes and recommendations.

However, we are enacting the recommendations made within these reports without delay and will ensure our safeguarding practice continues to improve. The diocese will comment further once the national report has been published.

"We will always have lessons to learn when it comes to safeguarding," said Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Fiona Coombs. "And one of the issues that the Church has struggled the most with over the years is listening and responding well to victims and survivors of abuse. We are committed to improving our work in this area, but we can't do that without the contributions of people who have the courage to share their experiences with us.”

"We must never get complacent," added the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover. "The Church has a responsibility to respond well to people who have suffered abuse - whether that's in a church context or elsewhere. There have been times when we have failed in this responsibility - and for that we are deeply sorry. But apologies alone won't make our Church safer. We must resolve to learn, to listen and to change so that we can create safer spaces for all in our communities."

Anyone who is worried about a child or vulnerable adult or any issue that might be related to safeguarding issue can also contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers Paul Brightwell ( 07398 009951) and Fiona Coombs ( 07548 232395).

For more information about the Church of England's Past Cases Review 2, click here