Past Cases Review 2

The Church of England is carrying out a second nationwide review of potential cases of abuse within the church, for the first time focusing on both children and vulnerable adults. This review will be making sure that all recent and non-recent safeguarding concerns have been dealt with properly.

If you feel this may apply to you or someone you know please read on.

Within the Diocese of Newcastle, the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman has appointed two independent reviewers to study all cases where safeguarding concerns about anyone in the church have been reported, and whether the appropriate measures were taken as a result. In addition every clergy file is being reviewed.

The independent reviewers are keen to hear from you if you have experienced abuse within the church, (we would very much like you to meet them) and their contact details are further down this page.

We want to make our churches and church related activities as safe as possible for everyone, particularly children and vulnerable adults. We want to learn from past mistakes by listening to those who have experienced abuse.

The House of Bishops has ordered the Church of England to launch Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) and as part of this, all clergy (and parish safeguarding advisers) are being asked if any and all concerns raised with them about anyone in their parish in the past have been reported and if these concerns were investigated in line with national guidance.

Bishop Christine said: “A previous Past Cases Review by the Church of England in 2008 focused on non-recent cases involving children, but this current review is far more wide ranging, looking at both children and vulnerable adults. Where any safeguarding concerns have been raised about anyone holding a church office, we’re making sure they were handled and dealt with properly. If we find that they weren’t, we will act accordingly and learn from any mistakes.

“We want our churches to be safe and trusted places for everyone. This current review is about being transparent and honest, learning if and where mistakes were made and listening to those who have suffered as a result. To those who have experienced abuse and do not wish to engage with the Church of England anymore, we appeal to them too to contact our independent reviewers or the NSPCC Helpline and help us learn from their experiences.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to this PCR2 process or who may wish to come forward and make disclosures regarding church-related abuse should contact our independent reviewers:

Alternatively, you can ring (a dedicated telephone helpline – 0800 80 20 20 – operated independently from the Church of England by the NSPCC has been set up.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Carol Butler can also be contacted by email or by mobile 07825 167016.

Further support

Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse

Launched in September 2020, this service offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made. This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and funded by the Church of England together with the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church in Wales. It is free to access via telephone, email or web-chat.

Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times) 


WebChat - via the Safe Spaces website

Other support:

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt if we are not able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).
  • National Rape Crisis Helpline: 0808 802 9999 and is open every day from 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm.
  • The National Safeguarding Team:

More information can be found on the national Church of England website.

Survivor voices vital to PCR2.

Survivor Care and Support Strategy

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