Audit of Diocesan safeguarding

The Diocese of Salisbury was the first to be audited by INEQE Safeguarding Group, which was commissioned by the Archbishops' Council to audit all Church of England Dioceses from 2024.

Read the full report here.

Watch a video response from Bishop Stephen.

Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2)

Past Cases Review background

Past Cases Review background In 2007, the House of Bishops commissioned a large-scale review of child protection cases to identify individuals within the Church community who presented a risk to children. This became known as the Past Case Review (PCR) 2007-2009.

In 2018, an independent assessment report by Sir Roger Singleton was published and submitted to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). This report highlighted shortcomings of PCR and made recommendations that all dioceses must carry out a further review to identify cases of concern and evaluate their safeguarding actions.

In response the House of Bishop's commissioned a Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) which is still underway across the country. This review is wider and includes incidents and/or allegations of abuse against vulnerable adults as well as children. Because survivor engagement was identified to be lacking in the original PCR, this review will also consider what sources of support have been offered to known victims and survivors.

Diocese of Salisbury completed the PCR2 process in 2019 and since then the Deaneries of Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands have also completed their report in 2021.

If you have any questions about PCR2, or need any advice, please contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors or for more information and/or guidance you can visit the Church of England website.


The Diocese of Salisbury has taken an active role in the PCR2 process which began in 2019. You can read the diocese and Channel Island reports in full and executive summaries below. These were published on 5 October 2022:

Diocese of Salisbury 

Full report 

Executive Summary

Channel Island

Full report 

Executive Summary

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