ANDREW SOPER – STATEMENT FROM EALING ABBEY, SAFEGUARDING – Ealingabbeyparish

ANDREW SOPER – STATEMENT FROM EALING ABBEY, SAFEGUARDING

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STATEMENT FROM EALING ABBEY December, 2017

Andrew Soper has finally been brought to justice.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his victims.  We admire them for their courage in coming forward as witnesses in order to secure his conviction.

We apologise to everyone who is affected by the crimes Soper committed while he was a monk of Ealing and a teacher at St Benedict’s School in the 1970s and 1980s.  The prosecution of non-recent sexual offences is an important element in ensuring that, so far as possible, such events do not occur in future.

Soper, whose religious name was Laurence, was Head of St Benedict’s Middle School between 1975 and 1984 and the Abbot of Ealing from 1991 to 2000.  After stepping down as Abbot he became Bursar at S’Anselmo, the Benedictine University in Rome.  When allegations were made against him these were subject to investigation by Police and Social Services with the co-operation and assistance of the Abbey and St Benedict’s School.  Soper was immediately placed under restrictions at S’Anselmo, which included no unsupervised contact with children or young people and restrictions on his movements away from the campus.

Having agreed to co-operate with the Police by returning to London for further questioning, in March 2011 he failed to return for a police interview and left the monastery in Rome.  To our knowledge nothing further was heard from or about him until he was arrested in Kosovo in May 2016.

Soper was dismissed from the monastery in 2011.

We apologise again to all those who have been affected by the crimes of Soper during his time as a monk of Ealing and teacher at St. Benedict’s School.

SURVIVE is an independent support service for survivors of sexual abuse. A dedicated section has been set up exclusively for all those who suffered abuse at Ealing Abbey or St Benedict’s School. Contact 0808 1451890 – free phone number from all UK phones.

 

Contact for media inquiries:

Alex Carlile 07983 410149

Barry Hudd 07770 538693

 

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE ABBOT OF EALING BY

Barry Hudd KSG  Mob: 07770 538693   barry.hudd@btopenworld.com

 

 

Safeguarding Statement
 

The Parish of St Benedict, Ealing Abbey, is committed to the Safeguarding policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to take all reasonable steps to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from any form of abuse or maltreatment and to promote a safe environment for them. This commitment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the Church’s common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life. We start from the principle that each person has a right to expect the highest level of care and protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give. We will liaise closely and openly with statutory agencies to ensure that any concerns or allegations of abuse that are raised are promptly reported and properly responded to, victims supported and perpetrators held to account.

Safeguarding Contacts Tel No.
The Diocesan Team – for contact or advice:
Fr Jeremy Trood (Episcopal Vicar)
Ms Eva Edohen (Safeguarding Co-ordinator)

2nd Floor Vaughan House, 46 Frances Street, SW1P 1QN

020 7798 9350 or 07803 634236
Personal Assistant to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,

Gabriele Sedda 

2nd Floor Vaughan House, 46 Frances Street, SW1P 1QN

 

Tel 020 7798 9356

For queries relating to DBS applications:

Jackie Krobo
Vaughan House 46 Francis Street SW1P 1QN

 

020 7798 9352

Diocesan Safeguarding Commission Chair:
Our Parish Safeguarding Representatives
Maura Lyons 07931 303 592
NSPCC
– 0800 800 500 or 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH or www.nspcc.org.uk o
– Textphone service (for deaf people) – 0800 056 0566
Child Line
Free phone 0800 11 11 or www.childline.org.uk for other methods of communication including online chat to a ChildLine counsellor, email, text and message boards.
Domestic Violence

For emergency help dial 999.

CEDAR (Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources) for confidential advice and support call 24 hour helpline run in partnership with Women’s aid and refuge 0808 2000 247

Website www.cedar.uk.net

Help the Aged
www.helptheaged.org.uk on 0207 278 1114
Action on Elder Abuse
www.elderabuse.org.uk on 0808 808 8141

Information on Safeguarding

Lucy Faithfull Foundation

www.lucyfaithfull.org

Parents Protect

For parents and carers.

www.parentsprotect.co.uk

Stop It Now

For confidential advice for those who have concerns about others

and for those who have concerns about their own thoughts and feelings.
Helpline 0808 1000 900 or
Email help@stopitnow.org.uk

 

 

updated 27 July 2012

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CATHOLIC SAFEGUARDING
ADVISORY SERVICE (CSAS)

The CSAS has been established to be responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of the wider job of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

To access and view the national Safeguarding policies and procedures of the Catholic Church of England & Wales please go to www.csasprocedures.uk.net

 

 

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