Order of Saint Augustine
Province of England and Scotland
As a member of the Conference of Religious in England and Wales, the Augustinians are full participants in the policies accepted by the Conference. In April 2004, the Province published a simple policy statement and asked each house to display it publicly. The preamble of that policy statement said:
We, the Augustinians of England and Scotland, commit ourselves unreservedly to the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
We uphold the right of every person to live in safety.
We affirm our adherence to the policies of the Conference of Religious and the hierarchies of England and Wales and Scotland.
Since 2012, the Conference of Religious decided to forge closer links with the bishops, and invited each religious congregation to align itself to a particular diocesan commission for the handling of abuse cases. The Augustinians are now formally aligned with the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and all safeguarding matters are referred to the diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator.
A detailed presentation of the policies of the Hierarchy (bishops) of England and Wales, to which the Augustinians adhere, is to be found on the website of the Catholic Safeguarding Office (CSAS) under ‘Manual’ (www.csas.uk.net). These policies are regularly updated and reviewed.
The five locations of the Province, all parishes with one a retreat house as well, abide by the recommendations of their respective dioceses, including the implementation of policies and attendance at training days, etc. The Augustinians also hold training days for its own members.
There is also a member of the Province, currently Fr Bernard Rolls OSA (firstname.lastname@example.org ), who is the link person whenever an allegation is made. He, in turn, will link up with the safeguarding officer of Birmingham Archdiocese (email@example.com).