Past Cases Review – June 2016 update

The Methodist Church published ‘Courage, Cost and Hope’, the report of the Past Cases Review in May 2015. A set of 22 recommendations for action were agreed at Conference in June last year, and this month the church has published details of what has been achieved to date.  The PCR process began in 2013 and was designed to consider all reported safeguarding concerns since 1950, with the aim of ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are safe, and that the church has taken all possible steps to mitigate against any potential risks that perpetrators may continue to pose.  The full report is available here:  Courage, Cost & Hope – the Report on the Past Cases Review

The church’s recent statement providing an update on what has happened since publication of the report last year is available here

In Sheffield we have taken the following measures to embed key elements of best practice included in the recommendations that are for Methodist Districts to address:

  • Delivered 7 recording workshops to over 120  people to remind ministers, pastoral visitors and children’s workers about the need for accurate and timely recording about incidents of concern
  • Piloted a church safeguarding audit tool, which will be rolled out across the District from September 2016 (more details to be published by 30.6.16)
  • Trained 6 new Foundation Module trainers
  • Delivered 4 pilot Foundation Module refresher courses as part of a national testing programme of new material (final publication in August 2016)
  • Arranged an orientation session for Foundation Module trainers to brief them on the findings of the PCR and the new training materials (a second session is planned for July 4 : click here for details)