This page is dedicated to providing information on the Diocese of Durham Past Cases Review 2

The past cases review (PCR) conducted  in 2007 – 2009, was a large-scale review of the handling by the Church of child protection cases over many years. The aim of the review was to identify persons presenting ongoing risks to children whose cases had not been acted on appropriately.  As the scope of that review was in relation to harm to children, all dioceses have now been asked to re-examine and extend the review to consider any potential risk to adults. In this new past cases review (PCR2), the House of Bishops wants to ensure that our churches and church-related activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults. It is therefore important that all cases of concern relating to children, young people and vulnerable adults have been considered and dealt with appropriately.

A primary aim of PCR2 is to ensure that there are no outstanding and unmanaged safeguarding risks to children, young people and vulnerable adults posed by church officers.   The review will seek to ensure that the support needs of known survivors of church abuse have been considered and met.

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A personal note from our independent reviewer for PCR2

Hello, my name is Frank Whitelock and I am the Independent Reviewer for PCR2 for the Diocese of Durham.

During my career I have worked in social care as a social worker and senior manager, mainly focussing on child protection and specialist, therapeutic services. I worked for Durham County Council for many years but now live away from the North East of England. Outside of the Past Cases Review, I have no current or historical connection with the Church of England.

A significant part of my role is to be available to engage with people who have a lived experience of abuse within the Church of England specifically in the Diocese of Durham. The purpose of this is to gather information about how victims/survivors have been responded to by the Church of England. How helpful was the response? What could have been done differently to assist them more?
It is intended that these insights will be used to assist the dioceses and the Church of England National Safeguarding Team to improve their responses to victims and survivors.

I would invite those with a lived experience of abuse within the Church of England in the Diocese of Durham who wish to share their insights to contact me initially by email at [email protected]

PCR2 REVIEW UPDATE 25/3/20

Current work on the PCR2 Review has been suspended in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The situation will be reviewed on the 25th June and will be updated thereafter.

PCR2 Privacy Notice

This privacy notice explains why and how your personal data is processed by the Past Cases Review team commissioned by the Diocese of Durham into the handling and managing by the institutional Church of England of abuse allegations and safeguarding practice.  The Review team acts as the joint data controller with the Diocese for the purposes of the Review and the Review team is assisted by the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA).

The full notice can be read and downloaded here: PCR2 Safeguarding Privacy Notice.docx

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