Past Cases Review
26th June 2018
The Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Pete Wilcox has made safeguarding one of his main priorities since his installation in 2017. In January 2018, he commissioned an independent review team to re-do the 2009 Past Case Review in the Diocese of Sheffield. The review is now nearing its conclusion and the reviewing team is expected to feed back in July 2018.
Subsequently, in May 2018, the National Safeguarding Team (NST) made contact with seven Dioceses recommending that they re-do the Past Cases Review; this included Sheffield where the work was already well under way. When the results of the current independent review in Sheffield are available next month, the Diocese will of course liaise with the NST to determine whether any further remedial action is necessary.
Anyone who is or has been affected by a safeguarding issue, current or non-recent, is strongly encouraged to come forward. Your concerns will be treated with the utmost seriousness and will be handled with the strictest confidentiality. The Safeguarding Team in the diocese is supported by the independent organisation CCPAS (Churches Child Protection Advisory Service).
In October 2016, the Diocese of Sheffield was also independently audited by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). The report, published in March 2017, concluded that the pace of change within the Diocese has been very impressive. The Diocese is realistic and honest about where it has come from in safeguarding terms, where it is, and where it needs to go. It also states that a self-audit of 175 parishes was a vital exercise in getting baseline information to improve from; and an indicator of the importance given to safeguarding at a senior level.