If you have information of a safeguarding nature where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns, past or present, please email the safeguarding coordinator on safeguarding@jesuit.org.uk. She will ensure that any concerns are dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner.

The Jesuits in Britain & safeguarding

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.

The Chair of the Safeguarding Committee

James Reilly was appointed Chair in February 2019 and brings 33 years experience to the role. He spent most of his career in Social Services in the London Boroughs of Brent, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham. In the five years prior to his retirement in February 2016, he served as Chief Executive of the Central London Community Healthcare Trust.

The Safeguarding Coordinator

Julie Ashby-Ellis brings to the role of Safeguarding Coordinator many years of experience, including work with the NHS and British Red Cross. She is the contact person for anyone raising concerns, and is also responsible for arranging safeguarding training.

E-mail: safeguarding@jesuit.org.uk or

Phone: 07715 669128

Nadra Gadeed is our Safeguarding Support Advisor, and brings years of frontline experience to the role. She can be contacted at:

E-mail: safeguardingsupport@jesuit.org.uk or

Phone: 07706 325952

Reporting concerns of abuse

How to report concerns about yourself and/or others having been abused, or about people currently being abused or at risk of abuse.

Our key safeguarding people

Find out more about the key people responsible for safeguarding in the Jesuits in Britain.

Our Safeguarding Coordinator

Find out more about our Safeguarding co-ordinator, Julie Ashby-Ellis, and her responsibilities. Her role is to be advisor to and also the executive arm of the Safeguarding Commission.

Our safeguarding policy

The safeguarding policy of the Jesuits in Britain.

Towards a culture of safeguarding

Find out how the Jesuits in Britain are moving towards a culture of safeguarding.

External safeguarding resources & links

Here are some helpful external safeguarding resources and links.

Safeguarding Committee

Terms of reference for the independent safeguarding committee of the British Province of the Society of Jesus.

Safeguarding in Jesuit schools & parishes

The role and responsibility of the committee in regard to schools and parishes associated with the Jesuits.

Safeguarding in the Church

Safeguarding provision in the Church

Jesuits in Britain and Jesuit schools

There are eleven schools associated with the Jesuits in Britain. Six independent schools that 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 effective interagency cooperation.

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

Bridge to Support

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 that 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.

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.