The Diocese of Chester has been the subject of a number of recent independent safeguarding reports and continues to respond to the conclusions and implement the recommendations.
If you are a victim, or you or someone you know is affected by the publication of these reports, support is available.
In October 2020, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA, published its overarching investigation report into the Anglican Church in England and Wales, based on the main public hearing in July 2019.
In October 2020, an independent report by His Hon David Pearl, into the Church's handling of the allegations concerning the late Hubert Victor Whitsey, former Bishop of Chester, was published and concluded that Whitsey sexually abused a large number of children and young persons, and vulnerable adults.
Past Cases Review 2
In October 2022, the Church of England published its Past Cases Review 2, a national review of more than 75,000 files. The purpose of PCR2 was to identify both good practice and institutional failings in relation to how allegations of abuse have been handled. Alongside the national report, the Diocese of Chester published an extensive Summary Report detailing the findings of its own review of diocesan files that was undertaken as part of the national PCR2 process.