“In the Diocese of Sheffield, I continue to expect every stipendiary or self-supporting priest, every licensed or authorised lay minister, every staff member and volunteer… to aspire to the highest possible standards of safeguarding and to hold others to them. I expect everyone, ordained and lay, young and old, to embrace this responsibility with a glad and eager heart, not dragging their feet, but readily acknowledging that shalom is a gospel word, and that safety and security, peace and prosperity, welfare and wellbeing is the will of God for everyone. In the coming decade, I expect the Diocese of Sheffield to be among those which show the way, and not among those which have to play catch up, and not least in our engagement with survivors.”
Bishop Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield
What is the Past Cases Review?
The Past Cases Review is a comprehensive safeguarding review, currently underway across churches and key institutions within the Diocese of Sheffield. The purpose of the Review, is to help find out whether all known cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults, have been considered, risk assessed and dealt with appropriately.
There may be incidents or concerns that have not been brought to light before, so this is an important chance for the church to learn about those matters. We appreciate that being made aware of this Review, or the highlighting of high-profile cases of church abuse in the media, may be triggering for many different reasons, for people living with a history of abuse in or outside of the church. Support is available if you are affected in this way.
A dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently by the NSPCC, is available on 0800 80 20 20. If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.
Whether your experience is current or non-recent, whether you are concerned about the safety of a person right now – perhaps a child or vulnerable adult – or whether you want to highlight poor safeguarding practice, we would encourage you to get in touch.
You can contact the Sheffield Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Siån Checkley on 07741 013775, or email the Sheffield Past Cases Review Team on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helplines: If you or someone you know needs support regarding an incident of church-related abuse, there are several helplines who can offer support:
- ThirtyOne:Eight: 0303 003 11 11
- Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS): 08088 01 03 40
- National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC): 0808 801 0331
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC): 0800 80 20 20
- The Samaritans: 116 123
Other organisations offering support can also be found on the national Church of England website here