27/01/2020

The Past Cases Review 2

The Diocese of Liverpool is committed to being a church where children and vulnerable adults can feel safe. As we work towards being a safer church, we also need to face up the wrongdoings of the Church of England in the past. We are working hard to ensure that the national past cases review is carried out thoroughly and diligently across our diocese.

A message for victims and survivors
We want to encourage anyone who wishes to come forward and report abuse to do so.

You can do this with confidence that we will listen to you carefully and offer you appropriate care and support. We will make sure your case is fully and thoroughly investigated according to the guidance of the national church. We will, with your consent, report matters to the police and other authorities. We will keep you informed as to what we are doing.

As we conduct this review we want to hear your voice.

You can report any matter of abuse to our Safeguarding Team

Catriona Richardson, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
0151 705 2153 or 07887 510946  
catriona.richardson@liverpool.anglican.org

Andy Holmes,  Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
0151 705 2148  or 07940 378139
andy.holmes@liverpool.anglican.org

The Safeguarding Team is not available 24 hours a day.

You can also contact the National Safeguarding Team. If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the NST please email safeguarding@churchofengland.org.

You can contact the independent, confidential helpline run by the NSPCC

We know that if you have a lived experience of abuse from within the church you may not feel safe contacting us. So you can ring a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - by the NSPCC. 

Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context;

See here for more support and help.
Carrying out the Past Cases Review 2 - a brief guide for parishes
We are carrying out the Past Case Review as part of a national exercise to try to understand if there are any more cases that need investigation. When we last carried this out we thoroughly investigated all cases we found. This review shows our determination, alongside the whole of the Church of England, to be thorough in our investigation. 

This is a sensitive task and we will be asking every parish and worshipping community to be diligent in checking for all incidents of past and present concern so that we can make sure that all have been properly and appropriately investigated. This will start with us contacting parishes to set out what they need to do.

We are looking for information on persons who have or have had a role in the Church—Church Officers where their role brings them into contact with children or with adults at risk of abuse. 

We are not looking for information on worshippers and those attending church activities who do not hold formal office in the Church such as persons subject to safeguarding agreements. Protective measures should already be in place in such cases. 


We will be considering

•    Behaviour which has harmed, may have harmed or is likely to harm a child or vulnerable adult, including neglect. 

•    Possible criminal offence against or related to a child, including the viewing, downloading or possession of indecent images of children. 

•    Possible criminal offence against or related to an adult. 

•    Behaviour which indicates that the person is unsuitable to work with children or vulnerable adults. 

•    More than one low level concern which would not, taken individually, meet the threshold for referral but taken together would justify further exploration. 

•    Allegations of sexual behaviour or relationships with young people over the age of 16 who later say they gave consent and which have not led to prosecution or a caution. 

•    Cases where victims have reported abuse, even if it has subsequently lacked foundation. 

•    Incidents involving physical, sexual, emotional and domestic abuse, neglect, discrimination, theft, fraud, and financial exploitation. 


We are looking at information about current or previous Church Officers
 
Contact and support for parishes
If you are returning your form then please send it to pcr2@liverpool.anglican.org 

If you have any questions about the Past Case Review 2 then email pcr2@liverpool.anglican.org
 

Making it Easier

In this section

Definitions

For the purposes of this review 
 

A church officer is: anyone appointed or elected by or on behalf of the church to an office, post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid. This includes all clergy, including retired clergy and those with PTO, readers, and all lay parish employees and volunteers.

A vulnerable adult is: a person aged18 or over whose ability to protect themselves from violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation is significantly impaired through physical or mental disability or illness, old age, emotional fragility or distress, or otherwise and for that purpose, the reference to being impaired is to being temporarily or indefinitely impaired

A child is: Anyone under the age of 18