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.
- To report concerns about yourself and/or others having been abused, or about people currently being abused or at risk of abuse
For more information about our safeguarding policies, see links below:
- Key people with responsibility for safeguarding
- The full and detailed Safeguarding Policy of the Jesuits in Britain
- Training programmes and materials, safe recruitment, and codes of practice for different settings
- Safeguarding is managed and independently monitored in the Province
- Safeguarding Provision in the Church in England and Wales
- Safeguarding Provision in the Church in Scotland
- Available resources for people who have been abused and those who care for them