The objectives of PCR 2 are that:
- All known safeguarding cases have been appropriately managed and reported to statutory agencies or the police where appropriate.
- The needs of any known victims have been considered and that sources of support have been identified and offered where this is appropriate.
- All identified risks have been assessed and mitigated as far as is reasonably possible.
In 2007, the Church of England commissioned a national Past Case Review (PCR) which sought to look at the handling by the Church of child protection cases over many years. This entailed an independent scrutiny of the files of clergy and church officers* to identify any persons presenting on-going risks to children and young people (a child or young person is anyone under the age of 18) which had not been acted on appropriately.
In 2016 the Diocese of Gloucester undertook another review of all our clergy and church officer files, which included the Cathedral.
The House of Bishops wants to ensure that all our worshiping communities and church related activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults. All Dioceses have now been asked to undertake a further review process and the terms of this new national review is known as the PCR 2.
Please ensure that your signed Parish/other Declaration Form and completed Table 1a are returned by Friday 28 February 2020 at the latest.
Send to to Laura Evans, , 01452 410022, Reception, Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LY. •
A message from Bishop Rachel
The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
Darkness often hides things that need to come into the light and this includes not only deeds which have been concealed but also the victims of sins who have kept from view and silenced.
Allowing light to shine on what has been hidden is a first step towards healing and justice not only for those who have been abused but also for those whose consciences are, or ought to be, troubled by those sins they have buried away. Bringing things into the light allows for the possibility of walking a path to penitence and forgiveness.
Through the Past Cases Review, we are asking you to help shine a revealing light on any instances of abuse that have occurred in your benefice and to help ensure that everything that ought to be brought into the light has been. Shining a light on what has hurt or frightened someone is a matter of justice for those who have been victims; sometimes it may also prevent further harm and sometimes it may be the first step towards healing.
NSPCC helpline for Children and Adults: 0800 80 20 20
This helpline has been set up for those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by abuse in a church or cathedral setting. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.
The Safeguarding Team are available at all times to help support you and provide advice and guidance on the PCR 2 process and any other Safeguarding concerns or questions. Please contact the Safeguarding Team
*Church officers definition – All clergy, including those with PTO and clergy such as hospital, school and prison chaplains who hold the Bishop’s licence, Readers, licensed lay workers, volunteers and diocesan and parish lay employees and volunteers whose role includes (or has included) direct involvement with children and vulnerable adults.
This is a wide definition , however the judgement to be made is whether the role has in the past, does currently, or is likely in the future, to provide opportunities for the abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults whilst engaged in church organised activities and whether the role involves a relationship of trust.