IICSA (Independent Inquiry, Child Sexual Abuse) held a hearing into Ealing Abbey and St. Benedicts School in February 2019.
The report, was published on 24th October 2019
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Ealing Abbey 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.
Ealing abbey SAFEGUARDING POLICIES
Ealing Abbey follows the NATIONAL SAFEGUARDING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ENGLAND & WALES. These are published in electronic form only to ensure they are up to date. To access and view the national Safeguarding policies and procedures of the Catholic Church of England & Wales please go to www.csasprocedures.uk.net
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 08081451890 – free phone number from all UK phones.
Our Ealing Abbey Parish safeguarding representatives are
Jim Welsh and Susanne Nunn (please contact the parish office 02088622160) or email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Diocesan privacy notice please see the RCDOW Privacy Notice page
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
The Diocesan Team – for contact or advice:
Rev Monsignor Seaumus O’Boyle (Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding) 02072263277
Geraldine Allen (Safeguarding Manager) 02077989350
2nd Floor Vaughan House, 46 Frances Street, SW1P 1QN
For queries relating to DBS applications
Jackie Krobo 020 7798 9352
Vaughan House 46 Francis Street SW1P 1QN
Diocesan Safeguarding Commission Chair:
0800 800 500 owww.nspcc.org.uk or at 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH or Textphone service (for deaf people) – 0800 056 0566
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 or on 0207 278 1114
Action on Elder Abuse
www.elderabuse.org.uk or on 0808 808 8141
INFORMATION ON SAFEGUARDING
Lucy Faithfull Foundation
For parents and carers.
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
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
The Ealing Abbey STATEMENT WILL BE REVIEWED ON OR BEFORE 10th SEPTEMBER 2018
ANDREW SOPER – 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.
GROWING IN CONNECTEDNESS CONFERENCE took place on Sunday 21 October 2018
EALING ABBEY parish hall, 9.00am-5.30pm,
A National One-Day Conference, Sunday 21 October 2018: 10:00 to 17:30. This conference provided a space to connect and share learning from both those dealing with the aftermath of child sexual abuse and experienced safeguarding professionals, in order to prevent, stop and take responsibility for child abuse within our schools, churches and child organisations. Delegates had the opportunity to grow awareness of the core issues of child sexual abuse and
- Be aware of the different roles and parts in a system, and find a protector role that is often missing
- Explore how to recognise the use of rank and power that can be abusive
- Understand how to take responsibility for preventing and stopping abuse
- Build supportive and resilient communities
Please follow the link for comments and articles about the conference:-
Parish Safeguarding Audit Completed July 2019 (still to be published)
I just wanted to inform you all that the Parish Safeguarding Audit which Janice Haynes, External Consultant, has been carrying out since September 2018, has now been completed and will be on the Parish website and available to read in the next few weeks.
I wanted to take this opportunity to refresh your memories of the background, reasons and context of the Audit. So that when you do read the Audit, you will be equipped with all of the necessary background information and knowledge. I also wanted you to know that since the beginning of the Audit we have begun implementing all that the Auditor has been identifying as the necessary improvements required to ensure children and adults at risk, are safe and that our Parish Safeguarding practices and policies stand the test of robustness. This has been happening as a result of Janice’s observations and feedback.
In order to evaluate and assess the robustness of Ealing Abbey Parish Safeguarding practices and policies, it was decided that it would be a very good idea to ask an external Consultant to carry out this task. This decision by the Parish Team was made in consultation with our former Abbot, Abbot Martin Shipperlee. We were also very aware of the impending report from the IICSA hearings into Ealing Abbey & St Benedict’s School in February this year. We wanted to make sure that we are following good practice and doing everything we can to support those in the Parish with positions of responsibility both paid and voluntary, and to make sure that we are doing everything we can to keep children and adults at risk safe and have the appropriate policies in place to maintain constant vigilance and awareness.
When I met Janice in June 2018 and discussed this with her, she put forward the following Terms of Reference for the Safeguarding Audit that she would carry out on Safeguarding:
- To Review the Safeguarding records;
- Meet with the Parish Safeguarding Representatives to discuss the role and agreed procedures that are followed;
- To Look at how the safeguarding practices within the Parish Church environment relate to the safeguarding practices within the Diocese;
- To explore how the safeguarding work of the Parish is monitored within the Diocese and what support is offered.
- To Review recruitment processes with regard to the numbers of volunteers involved in supporting the work of the Parish, ensuring that DBS checks are up to date, and references taken up, are in order at the point of allowing volunteers to commence their voluntary work.
- To Review which roles require DBS checks and references and whether there is any discrepancy with regard to how these rules are applied. To ensure consistency in practice.
- To Review the training that is offered to volunteers and paid staff employed and working within the Parish setting.
- To Review how records of safeguarding training undertaken are kept and who oversees this process.
- To observe the group activities involving children including: First Holy Communion & Confirmation sessions; 9am Mass Children’s Liturgy; and the 10.15am Mass with Families in the Parish Hall.
- To Hold two focus groups; one with children and one with volunteers.
- To Raise the profile of safeguarding within the parish community, so that all parishioners are aware of the processes to follow if they have a concern.
In carrying out this Audit, we became more aware of all the positive and amazing things so many volunteers are doing to make Ealing Abbey the thriving parish it is.
This was certainly witnessed and commented on by Janice Haynes, the Auditor. The process of this Safeguarding Audit has already impacted and opened our eyes further to improving what we do and how we do it!
Throughout the process of the Audit, Jim Welsh, our Parish Safeguarding Representative, since October, and I met with Janice frequently. In these meetings Janice sought clarification on what she had observed and thought. She was given answers to the issues and concerns she raised. She then gave her recommendations as to those things that she regarded as needing tightening up and greater vigilance.
From these meetings we began making the improvements and necessary changes to the practices and the policies of the parish that she was requesting and recommending. So right from the very start, we have been using the Audit as an opportunity to improve our practices and put in place the necessary changes required. For those matters where other outside bodies are involved and require greater planning and more time to implement fully, we have developed an ongoing strategic plan to ensure that our safeguarding practices and policies are at the level and standard that Janice as the Auditor would expect them to be. Therefore, when we publish the Safeguarding Audit, it is as a ‘Working Live Document’ which has and is constantly being implemented since September 2018.
Finally, I would like to thank all our volunteers and Catechists who have taken part in this Audit process. During her observations Janice spoke to you all to gain an understanding where you see Safeguarding in the Parish and the roles you carry out. I am very grateful especially to the coordinators and volunteer Catechist Leaders of the 9am Mass Children’s Liturgy in particular for your dedication and loyalty over so many years that has enabled such a great and extremely fruitful and beneficial programme of catechesis on Sunday mornings for our very young parishioners.
I want to assure you all that we are working in partnership together to continue the important and amazing ministry you carry out and also to ensure that all our children are safe and in good hands.
The period over which the Audit has taken place has been a very difficult time for Ealing Abbey and in many ways it was good to have an Safeguarding Audit happening over this period because it meant that if you as parishioners had any concerns you could also have made contact with Janice Haynes, the Auditor, and raised those concerns with her too.
Thank you all for the role you play in making Ealing Abbey the parish it is and also raising any concerns you have about Safeguarding in the parish. Please continue to do so and work with us, the Parish Team and monastic community, to keep all children and adults at risk safe and cared for.
May God bless you all and keep you safe wherever you might be over this holiday period.
Fr Ambrose McCambridge OSB
Parish Priest, Ealing Abbey
Welsh and Susanne Nunn (May
Jim Welsh, and Susanne
Nunn [May 2019], our Parish Safeguarding Representatives, can be contacted by
email at email@example.com
or contact the parish Office on 020 88622160.