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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Roman Catholic Church (EBC) Case Study: Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s School Investigation Report

F.1: Introduction

1. Statutory authorities were involved in responding to the allegations of child sexual abuse at Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s School (St Benedict’s) in a variety of ways.

  • The Metropolitan Police Service and Crown Prosecution Service were responsible for investigating and prosecuting criminal complaints.
  • The Charity Commission undertook statutory reviews of Ealing Abbey as part of its duty to regulate it as a charity.
  • The Department for Education (DfE) regulated St Benedict’s, with the assistance of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) which inspected the school against statutory standards.
  • The London Borough of Ealing was the local authority in which Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s are located.

These institutions should work together to promote safeguarding and take effective action. In fact, as set out below, their responses were at times deficient, both individually and collectively.

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