Safeguarding

The safety and well-being of every individual on our holidays is of paramount importance. As part of this commitment, our safeguarding policy is regularly reviewed and updated to keep it in line with the very latest best practice. All staff, trustees and volunteers are required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and to provide two referees from whom we take up references. Staff and volunteers receive regular training on safeguarding children and young people. We are members of the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS).

You can find a copy of our safeguarding policy here.

If you have any safeguarding concerns or want to report a safeguarding matter relating to the Titus Trust please contact our Safeguarding Co-ordinator on 0300 302 0145 or safeguarding@titustrust.org.

If you would be more comfortable reporting through an independent Safeguarding charity, separate from the Titus Trust, please ring CCPAS on 0845 120 4550 and select Option 2.

Media reports concerning John Smyth and the Iwerne Trust 

The Trustees of the Titus Trust published a statement (see below) when allegations emerged in the press of horrific physical abuse by a former Iwerne leader, John Smyth, at his home in Winchester between 1978 and 1981.

We unanimously condemn the alleged actions and are deeply sorrowful at their terrible effects. Our hearts go out to the survivors for all they have suffered physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and for the long shadow cast over their lives and the lives of their families. We continue to pray that they will find profound healing and freedom from the harm so unjustly inflicted on them. And we pray that justice will be done for them.

Iwerne Trust / Channel 4 News - 1 February 2017

Channel 4 News and others have this week run stories about John Smyth QC, who was Chairman of the Iwerne Trust between 1974 and 1981. The allegations are very disturbing and our thoughts are with all those who have suffered, and their families.

The Titus Trust was set up in 1997 and took over fundraising from The Iwerne Trust. In 2000 it took control of the running of the holidays from Scripture Union.

It was only in 2014 that the board of The Titus Trust became aware of these allegations, after which the Trust provided full disclosure to the police, offering full co-operation with any inquiry that might arise as a result. The allegations were very grave and we believe that they should have been reported to the police when they first became known in 1981.

The Trustees also reported these allegations to the Charity Commission in 2014 who confirmed that they had no regulatory concerns about the management of The Titus Trust. A further update was sent to the Commission this week.

Our safeguarding policy is in line with latest best practice to ensure the safety and care of every individual on our holidays. The Trust is committed to operating a stringent policy which is regularly reviewed and updated. You can access a copy of it here.

The Titus Trust is an established Christian charity that runs activity holidays for young people from independent schools which include the opportunity to explore the Christian faith.

BBC News - 11 April 2017

The BBC broadcast an item about the John Smyth allegations on 11 April 2017, and approached the Titus Trust, of which Iwerne is a part, before transmission. The Trust told the BBC that its board became aware of the matter in 2014, after which it contacted the police and filed a serious incident report with the Charity Commission. The Trust told the police everything it knew about the matter in a format agreed with them: nothing was witheld. The Trust stands ready to co-operate with the Police in any inquiry and continues to pray that justice is done for the victims.