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Last updated 30th November 2022

Past Cases Review 2 Updates

Further updates on Past Cases Review 2 will be placed here and in the meantime you can see previous updates from during the Review period itself here

Past Cases Review 2, including Executive Summary

In 2019, the National Safeguarding Team of the Church of England asked all 42 Dioceses, including the Diocese of Blackburn, to undertake 'Past Cases Review 2' (which became known as PCR2).

  • For an FAQ giving background to PCR2 click here

In fulfilling our responsibilities to PCR2, and in common with all Dioceses, we followed the national guidelines set out in the ‘Protocol and Practice Guidance PCR2’ issued in July 2019 and the process was managed by a PCR2 Reference Group.

Two independent reviewers were commissioned by the diocese to undertake the review. Both were experienced former senior police officers.

In Blackburn Diocese the Review commenced in July 2020 and was completed in January 2021. Over this period the country was in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak. The pandemic, and especially the related series of lockdowns, affected the timescale for completion.

Our final report was submitted in May 2021 and since then other Diocese have also completed their final reports. As of October 5, 2022 all local Diocesan summary reports alongside a collated national report have been published. 

Finding support

If you or anyone you are in contact with are affected by the publication of this report and want to talk to someone independently please call the Safe Spaces helpline on 0300 303 1056 or visit

Alternatively, you may wish to contact our diocesan safeguarding team on or nationally at

There are also other support services available here

Check back for further updates on this page in due course and there will be prompts to do so in future editions of the Parish Update ebulletin which is sent to all clergy, LLMs, ALMs, treasures, churchwardens and other parish officers every two weeks.

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