PCR2 stands for ‘Past Cases Review 2’ and is a national independent review of the handling by the Church of safeguarding cases over many years. The purpose of the PCR2 is to ensure that all known cases of concerns about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults have been dealt with appropriately. It will also seek to identify and address those cases which have not been acted upon appropriately. It will be carried out in all parishes in all Diocese in the Church of England.
The objectives are:
- To ensure all known safeguarding cases have been appropriately identified and managed
- The needs of known survivors have been considered and supported
- All identified risks have been assessed and mitigated as far as is reasonably possible
Timeframe for PCR2 completion:
The PCR2 was launched by the Church of England in August 2019. The Diocese of Chichester launched the project in an ad clerum from the Bishop of Chichester, The Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner on 20th February 2020. The project will run throughout 2020 and due to the national restrictions during COVID-19 will be completed by Spring 2021.
Guidance on the PCR2 process:
The Church of England National Safeguarding Team have issued national guidance and protocol for all dioceses to follow. This can be found at:
Contacting the Diocese of Chichester PCR2 team:
If you have any questions relating to the PCR2 work within the diocese please email them to: PCR2@chichester.anglican.org
Raising safeguarding concerns:
Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to email the Diocesan Safeguarding Team via the email address:
You can also access the other information sections on this website called ‘What to do if...’
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.