What is PCR2?

This is another step to making the Church a safer place for all. It stands for ‘Past Cases Review 2’ and is a large-scale independent review of the handling by the Church of safeguarding cases over many years. It involves a scrutiny of clergy and church officers’ files to identify persons presenting on-going risks to children, adults at risk of harm and domestic abuse and also seeks to identify those cases which have not been acted upon appropriately.

The review approved by the House of Bishops is being carried out in all parishes and church institutions across all 42 dioceses in the Church of England.

All Church of England priests have been asked to check their records to ensure that all safeguarding concerns have been reported to the diocesan safeguarding adviser. They were required to complete a form and to make a declaration.

The objectives are:

  • To ensure all known safeguarding cases have been appropriately identified and managed
  • The needs of known survivors considered and supported
  • All identified risks assessed and mitigated as far as is reasonably possible

When is the review happening?

The PCR2 was launched by the Church of England in August 2019 The Diocese of London launched the project in an ad clerum from the Bishop of London the Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally. The project will run throughout 2020 and is due for completion by Spring 2021. There will be a national report in Summer 2021.

Support to Clergy.

Clergy have been asked to review the information held within the parish in order to identify any concerns relating to safeguarding issues in connection to church officers. This review work is currently underway and may include consulting the worshipping community’s memory to ensure that nothing has been omitted.

To support clergy in this process we have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which have arisen to date with regards to completing the Appendix A, the method of logging concerns.

We also have included a presentation on the PCR2

I want to raise a concern – what should I do?

Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to email the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted via 020 3837 1224 or safeguarding@london.anglican.org

Further information

More information about PCR2 is available from the Church of England website

Key Documents:

Background and Overview

Protocols and Guidance