Diocese of Portsmouth

Past Cases Review

In 2007, the House of Bishops commissioned a large-scale review of child protection cases to identify individuals within the church community who presented a risk to children. This became known as the Past Case Review (PCR) 2007-2009.

In 2018, an independent assessment report by Sir Roger Singleton was published and submitted to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). This report highlighted shortcomings of PCR, and made recommendations that all dioceses must carry out a further review to identify cases of concern and evaluate their safeguarding responses.

The scope of PCR2 is greater, and includes incidents and/or allegations of abuse of adults as well as children. Additionally, and because survivor engagement was identified to be lacking in the original PCR, this review will also consider what sources of support have been offered to known victims and survivors.

All parishes must contribute to this process, and provide details of any files held locally which fall into the scope of the review, as outlined in Bishop Christopher's letter to all incumbents of the 26th November 2019.

In April two independent reviewers will start their review of files in the diocese, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

The diocese has established a Past Case Review Reference Group whose role is to support the work of PCR2 and manage any issues that emerge out of the review.The Reference Group membership includes senior members of the diocese as well as independent representatives from external organisations and agencies.

If you have any questions about PCR2, or need any advice, please contact the diocesan safeguarding team, or for more information and/or guidance you can visit the Church of England website here.