SCOE – Safeguarding
Dear Des Bill
I wanted to see what the latest situation was regarding the numerous allegations of abuse by old boys, including myself, at the hands of the De La Salles. Not only at St Joseph’s Ipswich, but also Beulah Hill and elsewhere. As you know, they are all recorded on this website and have also been available in summary for an investigator’s convenience.
I’m aware that they have been sent to police Operation Hydrant, via yourself and Catholic Safeguarding, and I look forward to their response in due course.
The DLS have also contacted Suffolk police – see below – and this may be part of the Hydrant investigation or separate. It’s not been made clear and it would be useful to know.
It was also stated by the DLS spokesperson that an independent investigator would be commissioned to look into these allegations which he said were ‘unheard of’.
‘ most of the accusations made on Mr Mills blog were “completely unheard of”, he (Hudd) said.
See EADT December 11 2021
“With regards to St Joseph’s, we’ve put the ball in Suffolk Constabulary’s court”, Mr Hudd said. “It’s up to them to work out what happened and if the abuse truly was systemic.
“We’ve also hired our own independent and experienced child abuse investigator to assist the police.
In fact ‘most’ allegations were ‘heard of’ and were familiar to the DLS as survivors of Brother Kevin’s abuse prove on this site. And the Beulah Hill survivors who have made numerous allegations on line about Brother Solomon.
For the DLS to claim they were unaware of these allegations and more is unconvincing.
The DLS own records will confirm that ‘most’ were ‘heard of’ as I’m sure Hudd knows only too well.
Moving onto the investigation, I have not had any contact from an investigator. But how else are they to reach the authors of the various allegations on my site?
We have been waiting these many months and nothing has happened. Who the investigator is has not been revealed to us.
I have the strong feeling that the investigator – six months later – has done nothing.
Is that the case?
You will recall that when the DLS provincial Laurence Hughes was being similarly investigated for allegations of his violent abuse of children, I put your independent investigator’s details on my site. Consequently, several Old Boys got in touch with the investigator.
As a system, it worked well and I have no complaints.
Surely that is the way to go here?
On which subject, I’m sure survivors of Hughes’s alleged violence would like to know what is happening. I understand that police action against Hughes is not proceeding? Is this correct? But I believe you said that – whatever the legal outcome – there would then be an internal inquiry?
Is Hughes now reinstated as head of the DLS or has he ‘retired’ ? I think the survivors of his alleged assaults would like to know.
I’m putting this letter up on my blog so survivors can be kept in the loop. I look forward to hearing from you.