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Diocese of Chichester call for survivor input

Invitation for survivor feedback on how church related abuse has been handled

Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse? Could you help the Diocese of Chichester to learn from the past and protect the future?

A review is being undertaken by every Diocese in the country called the Past Case Review 2 (PCR2). Each Diocese has to employ Independent Reviewers to look at at how safeguarding concerns and allegations of abuse have been dealt with and make recommendations where appropriate.

The voice of survivors and victims is critical to this. The Diocese of Chichester wants to listen to and to learn from your experiences and ensure that your voices are heard throughout this review process.

Information about PCR2 can be found at:  Past Case Review 2 (PCR2) – Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding (anglican.org)

Coming forward

Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse can contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Colin Perkins at safeguarding@chichester.anglican.org or telephone 01273 421021

For anyone who would rather not contact the diocese directly, an independent helpline has also been opened for survivors of church-related abuse in the UK, which is operated by the NSPCC: 0800 802020. Anyone can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within a Church of England context.

Both the diocese and the NSPCC will be able to assist people coming forward with where they can access appropriate advice and support.

We also have a specific Diocese of Chichester ISVA at Survivors’ Network who works with survivors. If you would like to reach out to her, you can drop her an email at helen.irving@survivorsnetwork.org.uk.

Building the safest community we can

Bishop Martin, Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Chichester explains why they are doing this: “The main purpose of this review is to ensure that any allegation against current or former church officers has received a proper response. It is a project that requires and demands our diligent attention.

“We all recognise the importance of being as sure as possible that all known instances of concern have been properly addressed. Additionally, it is an opportunity to ensure that all safeguarding casework across the Diocese is being properly managed, and it is a crucial step in ensuring safety and building confidence.

“Survivors and victims voices are critical in this review. The care and support offered is of the high quality that people rightly deserve, so I urge you to please come forward.”

A note from Survivors’ Network

We are here to support you if you would like to tell the Church about something that happened to you, no matter how long ago it happened. Our Diocese of Chichester ISVA, Helen, is on hand to listen, believe and support you whenever you feel ready. She is here for survivors of all genders aged 14+.

You do not need to have participated in the feedback above to receive her support. You can contact her at helen.irving@survivorsnetwork.org.uk or use our self referral form.