Past Cases Review 2

Alongside all other dioceses in the Church of England, the Diocese of Oxford is undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review in 2020. This page tells you what you need to know about the review process and who to contact. 

Have all safeguarding concerns involving clergy or church officers been reported?

The acting Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, has written to all Church of England clergy who are in parish ministry in the Diocese of Oxford (Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes).

Bishop Colin’s letter requires clergy to check back through their parish records to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations involving clergy or church officers have been reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. In parishes currently without a priest, the Bishop has asked the churchwardens to complete the review. A fact sheet has been prepared to assist with this process and accompanies the letter from Bishop Colin.

Any safeguarding concerns that are found not to have been reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor will be reported now.

Independent reviewersPeter Hay - chair of independent safeguarding

The Diocese of Oxford will work with independent case reviewers to scrutinise parish declarations to ensure that all cases have been dealt with appropriately. The reviewers do not form part of the staff team and are required to report their findings directly to the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel, Peter Hay CBE (pictured)

Do you have information or a safeguarding disclosure?

Any individual who wishes to make representations to the past cases review process, or anyone wanting to give information – or make any disclosures regarding church-related abuse – is encouraged to contact the Diocese of Oxford Safeguarding team by calling 01865 208290 

The Church recognises that some people who have lived experience of abuse perpetrated by those in positions of trust within the Church may prefer to call a free helpline – 0800 80 20 20 – this is a number set up by the NSPCC, and it is operated independently by them. 

Anyone can use the independent NSPCC helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context; whether they wish to report issues relating to children, adults or need to whistleblow about poor safeguarding practice.

PCR2 – a national programme

Every other Diocese in the Church of England will undertake similar reviews as part of a national programme, known as Past Cases Review 2.  

The previous past cases review, carried out in 2007, looked at safeguarding complaints made against clergy in relation to children. PCR2 is much broader in scope and will look at all complaints made against clergy and church officials relating to children and adults, including domestic abuse.

Listening to survivor voices has helped shape how the Past PCR2 is to be conducted. We hope that this is reflected in the information presented on this page and in our response to any safeguarding concerns emerging through this process. 

We wholeheartedly share in the aspiration of Archbishop’s Council that, once the Past Cases Review 2 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. 

Frequently asked questions

Resources and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the national church website. Incumbents in the Diocese of Oxford also have a dedicated information page which has been emailed to them. Please contact communications@oxford.anglican.org if you require this link to be sent to you again.