Feedback below from a De La Salle Old Boy regarding Brother Lawrence Hughes who is the head of the De La Salle Order in the UK.
The Old Boy’s concerns relate to physical violence by the De La Salles during the 1960s.
He tried talking to the Diocese of Southwark and got a similar reaction to me when I tried talking to the Diocese for Ipswich some years ago. It’s why I gave up on Catholic Safeguarding.
There are currently four allegations by Old Boys against Brother Hughes of extreme physical violence against children during a later era : the 1980s. This is significantly more than standard corporal punishment which would be considered lawful for the times.
It seems to me entirely inappropriate that an alleged DLS physical abuser is investigating or responding to allegations of physical abuse by the DLS.
And as a result being ‘less than helpful’.
Not to mention all the endless testimonies of DLS survivors – see my recent summary page. Testimonies which Hughes has not responded to.
This site is now read not just by various related Catholic organizations but also by the new look, fresh start Catholic Safeguarding headed by Nazir Afzal
So my question is this:
What are you waiting for? How many allegations do we need for you to take action? If you are part of the solution, this matter needs your urgent attention. Today.
Or are you still part of the problem?
OLD BOY’S TESTIMONY:
I went to St Joseph’s Blackheath and am of the same generation as you. I also experienced most of what you did and I can tell you more if need be.
I wrote to the Diocese of Southwark about 5 years ago to make them aware of my experiences at the school. Initially they ignored me but I persisted and eventually one of the staff took me seriously and advised me to contact the police. I did not want to do that as most of the staff would now no longer be alive. They put me in touch with the head of the De La Salle order in the UK and we corresponded via email during the pandemic. He was not very helpful and he did not reply to my emails for ages and ages.
His name is Brother Lawrence Hughes! Our correspondence was less than helpful!
I then saw your WordPress article and then saw the name of the Head of the school, Brother Lawrence Hughes and then everything fell into place.