In line with the national Past Case Review 2 (PCR2) project in the Church of England, the Diocese of Chichester is currently reviewing all its records, across all its parishes, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations have been identified, reported, and appropriately actioned. Critical to this, is the voice of survivors and victims. The Diocese of Chichester wants to listen to and to learn from your experiences and ensure that your voices are heard throughout this review process.
Information about PCR2 can be found at: Past Case Review 2 (PCR2) – Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding (anglican.org)
Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Colin Perkins Colin.email@example.com or telephone 01273 421021
For anyone who would rather not contact the diocese directly, an independent helpline has also been opened for survivors of church-related abuse in the UK, which is operated by the NSPCC: 0800 802020. Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within a Church of England context.
Both the diocese and the NSPCC will be able to assist people coming forward with where they can access appropriate advice and support.
Bishop Martin, Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Chichester explains why we are doing this: “The main purpose of this review is to ensure that any allegation against current or former church officers has received a proper response. It is a project that requires and demands our diligent attention.
“We all recognise the importance of being as sure as possible that all known instances of concern have been properly addressed. Additionally, it is an opportunity to ensure that all safeguarding casework across the Diocese is being properly managed, and it is a crucial step in ensuring safety and building confidence.
“Survivors and victims voices are critical in this review. The care and support offered is of the high quality that people rightly deserve, so I urge you to please come forward. “