The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager due to concerns about how Ampleforth Abbey is dealing with allegations of sexual abuse.
The appointment was described by the Charity Commission as a “precautionary measure”. Emma Moody will be the interim manager of Ampleforth Abbey and the St Laurence Education Trust. She will have, “all the powers and duties of a trustee over safeguarding related matters.”
Ampleforth Abbey and St Laurence Education Trust are being investigated over, “their trustees approach to safeguarding and their handling of abuse.” An investigation into both charities was launched in North Yorkshire in 2016 by the Charities Commission following the media reports of alleged sexual abuse linked to the college.
Head of investigations and enforcement at the Charity Commission, Harvey Grenville has said:
“It is of paramount importance that beneficiaries, and others who come into contact with charities, are protected from harm. We are not satisfied that the trustees of these charities have made enough progress in improving the safeguarding environment for pupils in the schools connected to the charities. For this reason, we have appointed an interim manager to expedite changes in the safeguarding arrangements at the schools.”
Ampleforth Abbey has responded to the appointment by saying:
“Emma and her team are in place to support and guide the trustees and to provide strategic leadership on matters relating to safeguarding, ensuring the charities have the proper framework they require to deliver their missions safely and appropriately.”
Jordans Solicitors represent victims who suffered abuse whilst attending Ampleforth College. Where a person abuses their position of trust and commits an act of assault a claim may be possible. We would encourage anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police and contact Jordans to pursue a civil claim.