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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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.

Latest Updates

Response To The IICSA Report

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A new service providing vital support for survivors of abuse has become operational today Tuesday 29th September 2020. https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/ Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse  offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made. This independent service is run by the charity...

Diocese Undertakes Past Cases Review (PCR2)

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.     The past cases review (PCR) conducted  in 2007 - 2009, was a large-scale review of the handling by the Church of...