The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has.’ HANDBOOK
Protocols and practice guidance for the Church of England’s Past Cases Review 2, (PCR2) have been published and are on the National Church of England Website.
Individual survivors who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process in the Derby Diocese or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Safeguarding Team 01332 388678.
However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated national helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, was set up in September 2019 and remains available.
Survivors were not invited to contribute to the 2007-2009 PCR and the Church has wanted to ensure a different, trauma informed approach is taken by PCR2. Listening to survivor voices has helped to shape how this review will be conducted.
We are now at the beginning of the PCR2 process, this is an independent review to look at all the safeguarding files, historic and current for both adults and children, including all Church officers. The review aims to ensure that wherever concerns have been raised that the cases have been handled appropriately.
The National Church has given a commitment to undertake a new Past Cases Review (PCR2) which will not only look at all types of harm, both to children and or adults, but will probe much deeper in records or concerns held in parishes, some of which may not have been reported to the DSA. Your vicar (or church warden if in Interregnum) will now have received a letter from +Libby outlining what is required to enable this significant piece of work to be completed. We need to submit the final report to the National Safeguarding team by the end of December 2020. We will be in touch directly with PSOs’ to give the detail of the next step, but it may be helpful if you identify where any parish records are held so that there is less work to do when we ask you for the details. The timescale for responding to PCR2 in the Diocese of Derby is by 31st March 2020.
If you have any concerns over any safeguarding matter, please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Dave Dalby on 01629 813244 or Member of the Clergy, Revd Mike Gilbert on 07947092951 or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01332 388678.
St Anne’s Church is doing things differently
Due to the Coronavirus the Church of England has asked for all church services to be discontinued for the time being. However, the Church is so much more than buildings and services. It is about love and faith and community. So here I are our plans at St Anne’s.
The building is now completely closed. We are making arrangements to continue the life of the church using technology, amongst other things.
We will livestream a service each Sunday on Facebook so please do join us. These are being streamed from the homes of Mike and Graham to meet the new requirements.
Choir practice will be held virtually by Claire each week at 6.30pm – facebook @st.annesbaslow – and anyone is welcome to join in.
There will be groups setting up to chat online and conference calling to encourage one another. Please tell us if you would like to be part of that.
We are here to serve the village so we will be joining in with other village initiatives but if you would like to specifically talk to me about anything my phone number is 0794 7092951
The Church exists to spread love and, though these restrictions are feeling difficult and burdensome, they can’t stop love which knows no barriers.
Revd Mike Gilbert, Rector of Baslow
Just as we were getting used to the present they have to threaten us with the future.
Many of us are not happy about the lockdown but at least we were settling into a pattern that we could get our heads around. Now the unlocking looks like being even more difficult and certainly trickier to navigate. I can sense anxiety levels rising again. Lots of visitors to the Peak without facilities for them, schools half open, negotiating work and social distancing, uncertainty over what I can and can’t do.
I want to acknowledge that all will be difficult issues but I also want to affirm the truth God knows about it. Someone once said “ I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future”.
So in terms of church the beginning of the unlocking has begun. Clergy now have permission to go into Church to pray and livestream. However, we think that we will lose more than we gain if we live-streamed from church, so for the time being we will continue as we are.
Alpha Online is a great way to encourage your friends to explore the Christian faith . We will meet on a Tuesday evening at 8pm starting from 26th May. There will be a twenty minute film on an aspect of the Christian faith and then a zoom discussion. Obviously we will not be able to provide the meal or refreshments that a normal Alpha would involve but please do invite someone. I am sorry it’s on choir night but it’s the only night I have free.
As a church we have a tradition of supporting Christian Aid so if you go on the Facebook page and the website there is chance to give to Christian Aid.
So may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.