Past Cases Review

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

“It is vitally important that those who have a concern about something they have experienced in a church or any diocesan related activity, now or in the past, feel able, if they wish, to contribute to the Past Cases Review. Their voices must and will be heard.” 

Bishop James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester

 

What is the Past Cases Review?

The Past Cases Review, is a comprehensive safeguarding review, currently underway across churches and key institutions within the Diocese of Rochester.

The Diocese of Rochester covers the area of Medway, north and west Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromely and Bexley.

The purpose of the Review, is 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 are carrying out the Review, and are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

  • If you are a parish needing information about your engagement with the Past Cases Review, please click here

 

What about incidents that are not known about?

There may be incidents or concerns that have not been brought to light before, so this is an important chance for us to learn about those matters.

It's why we need your help.

“We appreciate that this Past Cases Review will only be meaningful if those who have a concern about something they have experienced in a church, now or in the past, have their voice heard.”

“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.”

The Venerable Julie Conalty,  Bishop’s Lead for Safeguarding and Archdeacon of Tonbridge

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, or find further email 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:

Other organisations offering support can also be found on the national Church of England website here

Please don’t also hesitate to contact our Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01634 560 000 or visit: www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/

 




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