Safeguarding policies and practices

22 December 2015

L’Arche in the UK has commissioned an independent review of its safeguarding policies and practices.

The review will be led by Charles Proctor, a consultant social worker recently retired as safeguarding lead in a local authority, and the independent chair of two diocesan safeguarding commissions. The review is expected to report its recommendations to the National Board in the spring of 2016.

The review has been commissioned in response to a report on the late Père Thomas Philippe’s abusive sexual behavior toward non-disabled adult women during spiritual accompaniment in France.  Pere Thomas was involved with L’Arche from its beginnings to his death in 1993.

L’Arche stands with the victims who courageously told their stories and grieves with them the hurt they have experienced. As Père Thomas is now deceased, under French law there can be no civil or criminal lawsuit filed. The current review process of L’Arche UK is meant to uncover and remedy any gaps in policies and procedures related to all forms of abuse and to prevent future occurrences.

For more information about L’Arche UK’s policy review process, please contact John Sargent, National Leader, at

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