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Independent culture review concerning The Titus Trust

Last updated: 08 December 2021

LATEST: The full and final report of our independent culture review concerning The Titus Trust has been published today and can be accessed on the Titus Trust’s website here: https://www.titustrust.org/culture-review. You can read our statement here. We wish to thank all those who have participated in this review, often at great personal cost, and confirm that our Helpline remains open for anyone that needs support (details at the bottom of this page).

About the review

Thirtyone:eight has been commissioned by the Titus Trust to undertake an independent review of the current culture of the Titus Trust.  This review is currently in progress and planned that the final report will be published in autumn 2021.

Over recent years, two volunteer leaders on Iwerne camps have faced separate allegations of harmful behaviour (in John Smyth’s case before the Titus Trust took over running the Iwerne camps; in Jonathan Fletcher’s case after this date). There have also been other criticisms of some aspects of the cultures of different camp groups.

In the light of this, the Trustees of Titus Trust have asked Thirtyone:eight to undertake a robust and comprehensive exploration of any good practice and failings 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 review will focus particularly on what these cultures have been like in the last five years, in order to help the Titus Trust ensure they are creating a healthy culture for the future. 

The full scope can be viewed here.

Review process

The review process will be independent, led by two reviewers who have a significant level of experience of undertaking safeguarding reviews.  They will consider all known and relevant sources of information within the agreed scope and terms of the review.

Additionally, the reviewers will seek to visit a range of camps in order to observe and gain a sense of ‘live culture’ in practice.  This will be subject to government guidance in the current COVID-19 circumstances. A proposed timeline for this can be viewed here.

Contacting the review

If anyone who has experience of the Titus Trust in the last five years, or that is relevant to the last five years, including any victims/survivors of any abusive behaviour, wishes to participate in the review, or to pass relevant information to thirtyone:eight, they can do so confidentially, by emailing [email protected]. Thirtyone:eight and The Titus Trust take data privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Identities of confirmed participants will be known only by the reviewers.  No identifiable details of any victim or survivor will be passed between the Titus Trust and thirtyone:eight without prior consent.

Getting help and support

Listening service

Additionally, a Listening Service has been set up through thirtyone:eight which offers the chance for adult survivors of abuse to talk about their experiences in detail and in confidence with a sensitive listener. The Titus Trust have commissioned Thirtyone:eight to provide this service which is operated entirely separately and independently to the review (ie. the reviewers will not be the listeners). This listening service is open to anyone who requires further support including those who choose not to participate in the review. This service will remain available beyond the completion of the review.

Therapeutic support

Titus Trust have established a therapeutic support fund to help ensure those impacted by the events and findings of this review, are appropriately supported. To discuss access to this, please contact us on [email protected]

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