Alongside all other dioceses in the Church of England, the Diocese of Manchester has undertaken a comprehensive safeguarding review.
A previous past cases review, carried out from 2007 to 2009, looked at safeguarding complaints made against clergy in relation to children. PCR2 has been much broader in scope, having looked at all complaints made against clergy and church officials relating to children and adults, including domestic abuse. Listening to survivor voices helped shape how PCR2 was conducted and we hope that this is reflected in our response to safeguarding concerns. We are committed to continuing to ensure the voices of survivors are heard.
We wholeheartedly share in the aspiration of the Archbishops Council, which leads and co-ordinates the work of the Church, that, once the PCR2 process has been completed, it will be possible to state that:
- all known safeguarding cases, relating to children and adults, have been appropriately managed and reported to statutory agencies where required (including domestic violence)
- the needs of any known victims/survivors have been considered, and sources of support identified and offered where this is appropriate
- all identified risks have been assessed and mitigated as far as reasonably possible.
The independent reviewer in our Diocese, Suzanne Cottrell, has now completed her report to the Bishop of Manchester and it has been submitted to the national Church. In due course a national summary report of all the diocesan findings will be published. Meanwhile, Bishop David would like to thank all those who have supported and contributed to this review within the Diocese of Manchester.
If you have been affected by abuse
Listening line 0303 003 1111 is a special helpline that has been set up for those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by abuse in a church or cathedral setting. The helpline is staffed by an independent safeguarding charity, thirtyone:eight, and is available seven days a week. You may be asked to leave a message but will be called back. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.