Any form of abuse is wrong and against the law; it is against the teachings of the Gospel. Ampleforth Abbey is determined to maintain an unwavering focus on the safety of children and adults at risk, whose protection and safeguarding are the cornerstone of all that is undertaken in the works of Ampleforth Abbey. This aim is wholly supported by the monastic community, staff, volunteers and all others who share our belief in the sacredness of human life.
Safeguarding at Ampleforth Abbey
A commitment to safeguarding all those who live and visit here underpins all our policies and procedures. Given our proximity to Ampleforth College, we are also bound by their Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. All of our policies and procedures adhere to requirements set out in charity law, the school and Abbey’s regulators and follow guidance from multiple sources including Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children.
The Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures can be found here.
Ampleforth Abbey also adheres to requirements of the Charity Commission and the Catholic Church on safeguarding. At present, responsibility for the oversight of all matters relating to safeguarding is held by Emma Moody of Womble Bond Dickinson solicitors as the Interim Manager appointed by the Charity Commission for the Ampleforth Abbey Trust. More information can be found here.
- All staff, monks and volunteers with access to guest accommodation and facilities have undergone an enhanced DBS check.
- Staff and volunteers undergo all elements of Safer Recruitment and their details are held on a single central register.
- All staff, monks and volunteers receive regular safeguarding training.
- Ampleforth Abbey’s designated safeguarding leads are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Safeguarding policy, processes and queries are regularly reviewed by and discussed with external bodies including Emma Moody, the local authority designated officer (LADO), the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board (NYSCB), North Yorkshire police and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS).
Safeguarding Culture at Ampleforth Abbey
The Ampleforth Abbey Trust is wholly invested in leading and taking responsibility for safeguarding. We want to use difficult lessons we have learned from our past to drive improvement and ongoing, meaningful change for the future.
We have developed Ampleforth’s Safeguarding Charter together with Ampleforth College. This joint Charter marks the start of a journey of continuous change where we cannot stand still. In publishing this charter, we invite ongoing comment and a public measure of the actions we take on our commitment to being the best we can possibly be at safeguarding.
The Charter is a live resource for the monks, staff, trustees and volunteers at the Abbey. The eight commitments in the Charter are:
- Keeping people safe is at the heart of everything we do.
- Our culture is one which supports a robust approach to safeguarding.
- Our safeguarding structures and processes behind them are clear, simple and transparent.
- Our systems and procedures fully support safeguarding.
- We have the right people in the right places working together to achieve effective safeguarding.
- Good safeguarding requires effective communication.
- To keep people safe, we must work in partnership with others.
- Our strategy on safeguarding embraces continuous improvement.
We must live out our Benedictine values in all aspects of our work, including how we safeguard our beneficiaries. St Benedict’s instruction to “receive all who come here as Christ” places additional responsibility on all of us.
To read the Charter in full, please click here.
Safeguarding for Individual Guests and Groups
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young persons and adults at risk we carry out due diligence on all visiting residential school groups or groups who will share our facilities with children. We require all user groups, be they an organisation hiring facilities or one that is allowed use of facilities for public benefit, to present prior to their stay and on an annual basis:
· Their safeguarding policy / statement;
· Evidence of suitable safer recruitment checks on all adult leaders;
· Evidence of staff safeguarding training;
· Risk assessments for the activity concerned;
· Qualifications (e.g. coaching) - if appropriate;
· Evidence of appropriate first aid qualifications;
· Appropriate insurance (for liability rather than safeguarding reasons per se).
All adults within the group will be issued with a group lanyard which must be worn at all times when on campus.
All individuals are required to respect the safeguarding measures put in place, details of which are displayed in all guest accommodation. Clear signage exists which denotes areas of the campus where individuals are allowed to visit. The campus map clearly shows the areas which are out of bounds. All signage must be strictly adhered to. All individuals upon check in will be issued with the appropriate badge and lanyard for their visit. These must be worn visibly at all times during their stay.
All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an appropriate parent, guardian or carer. Where individuals are sharing facilities that are within the school boundaries but are not part of an organisation we ask that the individual completes a declaration prior to their stay. Please note this is a requirement of all adults who use Ampleforth’s facilities while children or adults at risk are present.
Evidence of the relevant policies and procedures for organisations, along with a signed declaration forms for individuals are to be submitted in advance to our safeguarding team either electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Safeguarding Visits, Ampleforth Abbey & College, Ampleforth, York YO62 4EN.
The relevant policies, procedures and declarations are then reviewed by our safeguarding team. Any residual issues will be discussed and resolved with the individual and/or the organisation prior to the visit.
Blue areas are designated school areas and are private unless accompanied by an appropriate member of staff after receiving the correct visitor badge.