The full and final report of our independent culture review concerning The Titus Trust has been published today.
The report, which contains 14 recommendations, can be accessed on the Titus Trust’s website here: https://www.titustrust.org/culture-review
Thirtyone:eight was commissioned by The Titus Trust to conduct an independent culture review in September 2020, following allegations relating to two volunteer leaders, and other criticisms of some cultural aspects of the trust’s different camp groups.
Although not an investigation into specific allegations or individuals, this review has sought to provide a robust and comprehensive exploration into any good practice and areas of concern in the different cultures of each of the Trust’s holiday groups (including the work of Iwerne and Forres in recent years) and the culture of the Trust as a whole.
The aim of the review has been to help establish a clearer understanding of how the events and practices of the past may continue to influence the present culture of the charity, as well as to identify any areas where positive changes have been made and measures taken to prevent similar issues from occurring in the future.
Overall, 345 participants provided extensive information to the review that included many interviews, written submissions and several site visits (once Covid-19 restrictions had been lifted), and which contributed a variety of experiences both positive and negative.
On behalf of our review team we would first like to express our sincere thanks to all those who contributed and participated to this review. For some, this was a difficult and costly process, raising some difficult issues and reliving painful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with those for whom this has been the case. We also want to extend our special thanks for the patience, understanding and flexibility shown to us given that much of the review was conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic, when the country was in lockdown.
We would also like to thank the staff and trustees of the Titus Trust who commissioned and contributed to the review, for their time, commitment and cooperation through the extended period whilst the review was completed. We thank the trustees for their commitment to considering the recommendations made and for their efforts towards implementation of actions for the future.
Whilst recognising the challenge and the courage required to implement many of the recommendations, our hope is that this review will provide a solid foundation from which the Trust can explore new models of working and provide fresh vision for its future work with children and young people within a safer, healthier environment.
For anyone who has been impacted by the issues raised by the review, please see this list of sources of support (also listed at the back of the report). Titus Trust have also commissioned a range of independent support services to be provided by Thirtyone:eight, which can be accessed in confidence by calling 0303 003 1111 (giving reference ‘Titus 2020’).