Past Cases Review

Past Cases Review

The fact that abuse has ever happened within our Diocese is a matter of deep shame.

The Past Cases Review is a comprehensive safeguarding review, currently underway across churches and key institutions within the Diocese of Rochester. It was started in 2019 and is now almost complete.

The purpose of the Review, has been to help find out whether all known cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults, have been considered, risk assessed and dealt with appropriately. Independent reviewers have carried out the Review, and expect to complete it before the end of 2021.

Sharing a concern about a past experience

It is vitally important that anyone who has a concern about something they have experienced in a church or any diocesan related activity, now or in the past, feels able to come forward.

There may be incidents or concerns that have not been brought to light before, so the Past Cases Review has been an important chance for us to learn about those matters.

Although the formal Past Cases Review process is almost complete, we always want to hear from people who have a concern about something they have experienced. That opportunity will never end.

You will be heard. You will be taken seriously.

We 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.

How to get in contact

Whether your experience is current or non-recent, whether you are concerned about the safety of a person right now – perhaps a child or vulnerable adult – or whether you want to highlight poor safeguarding practice, we would encourage you to get in touch.

  • You can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team on 01634 560 000. You can find their details here
  • 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 also available on 0800 80 20 20. Your contact will be treated in the strictest confidence and you can remain anonymous if you wish.
  • If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.
  • If you need further support

We appreciate that being made aware of this Review, or the highlighting of high-profile cases of church abuse in the media, may be a trigger, for many different reasons, for people living with a history of abuse within the church.

If you or someone you know needs support regarding an incident of church-related abuse, there are several helplines who can offer support:


Key Contacts

Greg Barry

Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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Caroline Smith

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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Anthony Glockling

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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Alison Jones

Safeguarding Administrator 

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