Update Regarding Safeguarding Policy in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion Investigated by British Royal Commission 


I have had today telephone conversation with Jonathan Sanders.It was very exiting and encouraging conversation and questions I answered about my experience of involvement in Jehovah’s Witnesses religion.

My experience was I was harassed,abused and personally declined by elders to question their religion and when I asked safeguarding policy for adults and children they refused handed over to me.That was last dot I am done with this religion.

I properly addressed and I witnessed those who abused me to be held accountable.

As Jonathan Sanders mentioned he will make report on this and will send me additional questions and report I will probably share in the future as event might be develop into more deeper details.

I received today email from him on updates what are updates regarding investigation by British Royal Commission regarding Safeguarding policy for children and adults and below I share his email update :

Good afternoon,
I hope you are all doing OK and that it is sunnier in your part of the world than it currently is in a rather gloomy London!

I am of course writing to provide you with an update on our work on charities linked to Jehovah’s Witnesses. We are now splitting this work into issues linked to safeguarding (which are subject to statutory inquires) and non-inquiry issues linked to the governance of and the public benefit delivered by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain.

Safeguarding

To begin with our safeguarding work, a huge thank you to those of you who have met with us to share your experiences; and we are looking forward to the interviews we have scheduled for the coming weeks. We are continuing to seek help at this stage from people who would be prepared to be interviewed and who have:

· Direct, first-hand experience

· Of safeguarding

· In charities linked to congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses

· In England and Wales

· After 2011

· And NOT currently being investigated by the police or going through the criminal or civil courts

If you would like more information about what being interviewed involves, please do contact me. I can assure you that we will treat you with tact, respect and consideration. 

As ever, if you are in need of support please also contact me as I will do my best to signpost you to appropriate sources of advice and guidance.

Governance and the Public Benefit

I am very grateful for the time and thought people have put into contacting us to express their concerns into issues linked to governance and the public benefit, including issues of the recruitment and training of trustees, policies, finances, data protection, blood, domestic abuse and disfellowshipping. 

Over the past two months, we have been discussing these issues with representatives of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain, culminating in our having two meetings with members of the Branch Committee. These meetings lasted a total of eight hours and were helpful and productive. We are now reviewing. 


I know that many of you have strong views about what the outcome of our work should be, both on the safeguarding issues and also on the issues linked to governance and the public benefit. The range of views being expressed is broad and represents a variety of opinion.

I think it is very important for us to manage expectations here. We are keeping an open mind and cannot at this stage commit to or indeed provide any indication of what will happen. We are however committed to continuing our work and can assure you is that we will go where the evidence takes us – I think the phrase is ‘without fear or favour.’ 

I would also like to introduce you to my colleague Nick Beales (who some of you will already have met or emailed). Nick is going to be joining me – you are very welcome to email either or both of us and we look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,

Jonathan.
Jonathan Sanders

Senior Investigator

Investigations Monitoring & Enforcement

Charity Commission

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