Past Cases Review 2

We want to ensure that our churches and church related activities are as safe as possible for everybody and that we have the best possible safeguarding policies and practices. The fact that abuse has ever happened within any diocese is a matter of deep shame, so, in order to be certain that we are fulfilling our duty of care, it is important for us to know that all known cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults have been considered and dealt with appropriately.

To help us do this, we are currently undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review, called, Past Cases Review 2. More information available here


What is involved?

Our Cathedral, together with every parish in Carlisle Diocese, the diocesan office at Church House and Bishop James’ staff at Bishop’s House is expected and required to take part in this process.
Along with the diocese as above, the Cathedral is asked to make sure that:
• All known instances of concern about the behaviour of living clergy and church officers within their parish(es), both current and non-recent, have been notified to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), and,
• Any which have not, are reported immediately.
Information is not being requested about those who worship.

This information will need to be returned to the Bishop’s office by the 23rd March 2020.

Reporting Structures

If you want to report or discuss abuse that you or you believe others have suffered please do not hesitate to contact our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Charles Proctor – his contact details are on our Safeguarding front page.

We recognise however that if you have a lived experience of abuse involving a clergy person or church officer, you might want to talk initially to someone not connected to our diocese. In that case you can contact the independent helpline set up by the Church of England and run by the NSPCC:
Past Cases Review 2 NSPCC helpline for Children and Adults: 0800 20 20 20