Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2)

The Church of England has announced Past Cases Review 2. In 2008 every diocese in the Church of England was asked to commission an independent review of all their clergy and church officer files and take action on safeguarding concerns. Unfortunately, in some dioceses, these reviews were not all done as thoroughly as they should have been and so the House of Bishops has asked every diocese across the country to undertake a further review. This time the scope of the review is to be extended to ensure that any risk from church officers to children, young people and vulnerable adults has been acted on appropriately.

Bishop Martyn has written to every parish and church setting, to check that all known safeguarding concerns about clergy and church officers have been reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding team.

Bishop Martyn said: 

“As a Church we want to welcome all and listen to all. Survivors are a key part of PCR2 and must be heard. This review, and safeguarding generally, is an integral part of the Diocese’s mission.” 

There is an open invitation to anyone who wants to make representations about their experience as a victim or survivor, to come forward with information or to make a disclosure regarding church-related abuse. Anyone who wishes to do this can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Rachael Spiers, on the number or email below.

Anyone wishing to report church related abuse, or who has been impacted by the PCR2 can contact Rachael Spiers, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser or Peter Holloway, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on the numbers below.

Those who do not feel safe to report concerns in this way can contact the National Safeguarding Team or a dedicated helpline operated, independently from the church, by the NSPCC on 0800 80 2020.

Contact details for the Diocese of Leicester Safeguarding Team:

Rachael Spiers, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
T: 0116 261 5341 Rachael.Spiers@LeicesterCofE.org

Peter Holloway, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
T: 0116 261 5241 peter.holloway@leccofe.org 

Relevant information and FAQs are downloadable by clicking on the links below:

Please note:  The deadline for completion of the PCR 2 return has now been moved from 30 April to the end of August 2020 in view of the pandemic. The latest news on this can be found here. We will continue to monitor this situation. Rachael Spiers, DSA, will remain available to respond to anyone coming forward as a result of publicity about the PCR2 process an can be contacted about any PCR 2 questions that you may have (rachael.spiers@leccofe.org or tel: 0793 081 9279).

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