Independent reviewers are currently carrying out a comprehensive safeguarding review of churches and key institutions within the Diocese of Rochester, called the Past Cases Review.
Its purpose is to help establish whether all known cases of church-related abuse have been considered and dealt with appropriately.
It’s also an opportunity to learn about concerns that may not have previously been known about.
“We appreciate that this process will only be meaningful if those who have a concern about something they have experienced in a church, now or in the past, feel able, if they wish, to contribute and have their voice heard.” Says the Ven Julie Conalty, Archdeacon of Tonbridge and Bishop’s Lead for Safeguarding.
She continues: “We therefore want to encourage anyone who may have information about church related abuse to know that there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously.”
Whether your experience is in the past, or you are concerned about a person now – perhaps a child of vulnerable adult – please contact the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding team on: 01634 560000.
Understanding that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse, a dedicated telephone helpline operated independently by the NSPCC is available on: 0800 80 20 20
Find out more at: www.rochester.anglican.org/ safeguarding/past-cases-review/