Safeguarding

The overriding safeguarding concern of the Jesuits in Britain is the protection of children and vulnerable adults - to this end we are committed towards justice for victim-survivors of abuse, as well as their care and support.

Together with the Catholic Church worldwide, we acknowledge serious failures in the past, both in terms of the abuse perpetrated by clergy, religious and laity engaged in Church works and of the often-inadequate responses of Church authorities to victim-survivors.

We deeply regret that we have at times ourselves failed in both regards and we recognise that the resulting abuse crisis has gravely damaged many people. In addition, it has impaired the trust that victims, the faithful and wider society have in us.

The Jesuits in Britain wholeheartedly support the call of Pope Francis for Catholic institutions, not only to fulfil their statutory and legal obligations, but to demonstrate Christian compassion and provide reparation for abuse that has taken place. We undertake to play our part in fulfilling that mandate.

As a Catholic religious order, we are committed to proactive and effective action that will enable victim-survivors to access support aimed at repairing the harm caused. The Catholic Church must be safe for everyone.

We are committed to listening to any victim-survivors who have suffered abuse from Jesuits or their employees, to acknowledging their experience, to responding effectively to their complaints, to providing them with pastoral and professional support at the earliest possible opportunity, and to offering redress adapted to their personal needs.

Our Safeguarding Policy and practices are compliant with the relevant safeguarding legislation, statutory codes of practice and the guidance applicable in the jurisdictions of England & Wales and of Scotland, and in particular with the obligations and responsibilities upon us as a charity.

We are committed to best practice in the field of safeguarding to create and sustain a safe environment for all. The Province provides pastoral support and access to a range of help, including psychological counselling, for any victim-survivors who have made themselves known.

Where victim-survivors, due to issues of trust, might not be willing to engage with services provided directly by the Jesuits or the Church, we have asked an independent specialist organisation to provide specialist support to victim-survivors in Scotland of childhood abuse by Jesuit priests or brothers or their staff.

Jesuits in Britain and Jesuit Schools

There are eleven schools associated with the Jesuits in Britain. Six independent schools are part of three local trusts and two independent schools, together with three voluntary aided schools, fall within the remit of the Trust for Roman Catholic Purposes (TRCP). Click here to read more about how the Jesuits in Britain want to address the question of how we are to achieve that effective interagency cooperation.

If you believe a child or adult is at risk or in immediate danger please contact the emergency services on 999.

For more information about our safeguarding policies, see links below: 

Bridge to Support is available to people, living in Scotland, who were abused by a Jesuit, or a staff member or volunteer working on their behalf, when they were under the age of 18 and who do not wish to be in contact with the Jesuits at this stage. 

They provide a confidential service, working together with people to find the right support for them, including counselling and psychological trauma support. 

Bridge to Support is delivered by Health in Mind, an independent Scottish mental health charity based in Edinburgh which has been promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland since 1982. Health in Mind’s caring approach supports and empowers each person to live the life they want to live. Their staff have an understanding of the impact trauma can have on survivors who are seeking support and they have the knowledge and skills to make a positive difference to the lives of those who have been impacted by the trauma of abuse.

Getting help from Bridge to Support is quick, easy and free. You can phone, email or complete the contact form on their website www.bridgetosupport.org.uk

Email: bridgetosupport@health-in-mind.org.uk

Call: 0131 243 0136

When you first get in touch, you will not be asked for any personal information but just for your name and contact number to confirm that this is the right service for you. Once they have completed a registration form with you, they can arrange for you to have a conversation with one of their staff to help you identify your goals and how they can help you to achieve them.

If you live in England, Wales or abroad, or would like to receive direct support from the Jesuits you can email the Jesuits’ Safeguarding Coordinator, Mrs Jo Norman, at safeguarding@jesuit.org.uk and she will be happy to help you access psychological and well-being support, including therapy and counselling, or other practical support. She can also put you in touch with someone independent.

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Safeguarding, reporting abuse