Past Cases Review
The Methodist Church in Britain has published the report of an
independent review of past safeguarding cases related to the Church
from 1950 to 2014.
Read more here
Background to the review
The Church aimed to review all 'safeguarding cases' since 1950.
For the purposes of the review, a 'safeguarding concern' was
defined as any concern that a child or adult may have been at risk,
been suffering or had suffered abuse, or that someone represented a
risk of abuse to others.
The review invited anyone from the districts with any knowledge
of a previous or current concern, to respond.
The Church commissioned an independent expert
who reviewed all the responses and advise the Church on any
action that needed to be taken.
The Past Cases Review submissions officially ended on the
24th December 2014. Any past concerns (as
with current concerns) should be reported directly to your district safeguarding
"The Church needs to be sure that it has revisited
cases using the benefit of hindsight, to be sure that no one has
mistakenly left situations where vulnerable people may remain at
risk. This is a great opportunity to see what went well, as well as
to learn from mistakes we may have made, alongside reviewing the
safety of past cases."
Elizabeth Hall, Former Safeguarding Adviser (Child
& Adult Protection) for the Church of England & the
Methodist Church in Britain.
The following report was produced:
Courage, Cost & Hope: The Report on the Past
Cases Review, 2013-2015 (pdf)
Related news article:
News: Church issues 'full and unreserved apology' to abuse
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