Ampleforth Abbey

13 December 2017

Update from Ampleforth Abbey

IICSA’s first public hearings into allegations of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church began today, 27 November and will run until 15 December.

Ampleforth Abbey and College are among the first of the case studies to be examined. As core participants we have made an opening statement which can be accessed here and where necessary we can ask questions about other evidence provided. We have provided a number of statements to the Inquiry, some of which will be read at the public hearing. Others will be asked to give evidence in person over the next three weeks.

We wish to repeat our sincere and heartfelt apologies to anyone who suffered abuse in our schools, parishes or through any of our various ministries. Victims and survivors who wish to talk to us are welcome to do so and are encouraged to contact Mick Walker, Safeguarding Coordinator on 01439 766013 or Mick.Walker@ampleforth.org.uk. We also have a confidential helpline run by Survive York for anyone seeking help who does not want to speak to us; please contact 0808 145 1890 or 01904 803927.

Contacts:

To contact Ampleforth’s Safeguarding Coordinator, Mick Walker, please telephone 01439 766013 or email Mick.Walker@ampleforth.org.uk.

To contact a dedicated, confidential helpline run by Survive, please call 0808 145 1890 or 01904 803927.

To see our College safeguarding policies and inspection reports, please visit our Safeguarding Page

To read our opening statement to the Inquiry click here.

To learn more about the Inquiry, please visit the IICSA website www.iicsa.org.uk

For all press enquiries, please contact Sarah Opie, Director of Marketing & Communications, on 01439 741103 or Sarah.Opie@ampleforth.org.uk , or Launch PR, on 0207 758 3900 or Ampleforth@hellolaunch.co.uk