Any form of abuse is not only against the law, it is against the teachings of the Gospel. Ampleforth College is determined to maintain an unwavering focus on the safety of children, whose protection and safeguarding are the cornerstone of all that is undertaken in our School of the Lord’s service. In this aim, we seek the full support of the monastic community, staff, parents and students and all others who share our belief in the sacredness of childhood.
The safeguarding of children is paramount in the governance of the School; Ampleforth Abbey and College are committed to promoting the highest standards in policy and practice. All our staff receive regular safeguarding training and updates in order to provide them with the knowledge and skills to safeguard children effectively. Students are taught about safeguarding and know how to contact an appropriate adult (including House Parents, Chaplains, Matrons or Tutors) if they need support.
Since her appointment in April 2018, Emma Moody has reported back to trustees and to the Charity Commission her initial assessment that staff at the College are committed to keeping children in their care safe and that child protection systems "on the ground" are working to protect children from harm. She also reported back to trustees and regulators that staff operate within a policy framework which created a safe environment for their students. The senior leadership team will continue to work with statutory agencies and regulators and ensure the school’s systems for safeguarding are robust and the safety of children is paramount. Trustees are wholly committed to the safety of children as their charitable beneficiaries and have undertaken a focussed programme training and development in relation to safeguarding.
A Safeguarding Charter has been developed as a live resource for the trustees, staff, pupils and volunteers at the College. Realising the commitments set out in the Charter will be a cross-site activity and will be driven by a new Director of Safeguarding who will take up post in the new year.
Links to the College's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures may be found here.
Links to the College's most recent Inspection Reports can be found here.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads are listed below:
Ampleforth College Designated Safeguarding Lead – Adrian Smerdon – 01439 766894 Adrian.Smerdon@ampleforth.org.uk
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), formerly known as the Goddard Inquiry, was set up in March 2015 and will investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse, and make meaningful recommendations for change in the future. The Catholic Church in England and Wales is one of these institutions and among the first of its bodies to be examined is the English Benedictine Congregation. Ampleforth Abbey and College are part of this case study, and are cooperating fully with the Inquiry as a core participant. We are committed to providing the highest possible standards when it comes to looking after those entrusted to our care, and we welcome the opportunity to cooperate with IICSA.