The Diocese of Manchester has published an Executive Summary of its past case safeguarding review (PCR2) that was carried out by the Independent Reviewer between September 2020 and June 2021.
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.
A total of 1,407 files were reviewed to assess whether there were any safeguarding concerns that had not been managed appropriately. As a result of the review, three new safeguarding cases relating to children and vulnerable adults, not previously known to the Safeguarding Team, were identified. These were referred to the diocesan Safeguarding Team.
Following PCR2, the Independent Reviewer was able to confirm that in Manchester Diocese:
all known safeguarding cases, relating to children and adults, have been appropriately managed and reported to statutory agencies where required.
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 Executive Summary of the Manchester Diocese PCR2 report can be accessed here. It should be read in conjunction with the National PCR2 Report which incorporates findings from all 42 dioceses as well as other major Church of England bodies.
PCR2 is the most extensive review of safeguarding records ever conducted by the Church.
The PCR2 review is now complete but our commitment to improving safeguarding practice within the diocese continues. The recommendations and learning from the review will inform the safeguarding development plan, which will provide a framework for improving future practice.
We are grateful to everyone who has played a part in PCR2 in the Diocese of Manchester, including the contribution of external panel members and statutory partners who brought scrutiny to the process.
We are particularly grateful to the victims and survivors who chose to make contact and gave their feedback to the Independent Reviewer.
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.