The police have informed me that three former teachers who were arrested last year on suspicion of non-recent sexual offences have had their police bail extended to 15 March. In addition, a fourth man was arrested on 20 December 2016 in connection with allegations of indecent assault against boys at CH between 1981 and 1984.
I therefore wanted to alert you to the possibility of some press coverage today or on 15 March. Since criminal justice proceedings are active, we would advise against engaging in any speculation and discussion that may occur on social media. If you believe you have any information that may be useful, please contact Sussex Police on 01273 470101.
Parents have already been informed that we continue to give the police our full support and co-operation throughout their investigations.
The School continues to prioritise the welfare of its pupils, both past and present. While I have absolute confidence that the processes and procedures we have in place today are effective, and were also deemed as such by the Interim ISI Boarding Inspection in November 2015, I recognise that there is no room for complacency where safeguarding is concerned. To this end, I have recently appointed an external consultant to review our existing safeguarding policies and procedures. He will be advising us on any ways in which we might improve our practice to ensure that CH pupils remain safe and secure when they are at School.
We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward. A report can be made in a number of ways:
- Our dedicated email address – firstname.lastname@example.org – is staffed by a small team of specialists who can respond to your concerns or pass them on to the relevant authorities. All approaches will be dealt with sympathetically and in complete confidence.
- Sussex police can be reached on 01273 470101.
- There are a number of organisations providing support for victims of child sexual abuse including NAPAC (the National Association of People Abused in Childhood) on 0808 801 0331 and the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
If you have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.