Independent Governance

External Scrutiny of Safeguarding

The Diocese has a group of senior clergy, church officers and external safeguarding professionals, independently chaired by an external safeguarding expert. The group is responsible for overseeing the implementation of policy, training and the effectiveness and quality of safeguarding arrangements. 

Safeguarding Advisory Group: Terms of Reference (2023). 

DSAP Annual Report 2023 NEW*

DSAP Annual Report 2022

SCIE Diocese of Newcastle independent safeguarding audit (November 2016)

Diocesan Board of Finance Complaint's Policy and Procedure (2020)


Past Cases Review 2

The Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) was run in all Church of England dioceses between 2019 - 2022.

Past Cases Review 1 (PCR1) was commissioned because of several Church of England clergy and church officers being charged with sexual offences against children. PCR1 was conducted between 2007 and 2009. In May 2016 concerns were raised regarding the judgements presented from PCR1. An Independent Scrutiny Team concluded that whilst the review was well motivated and thoughtfully planned, limitations existed in relation to its execution. As a result, Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) was commissioned by the Archbishops’ Council in 2019 as part of the overall  commitment to improving the way in which the Church responds to allegations and concerns.

The National Report was published in October 2022.

For Newcastle Diocese Past Case review report please click here

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