We offer a heartfelt apology to anyone who has suffered abuse by monks, staff or volunteers of Ampleforth Abbey.

Every day we learn from our past to ensure that the horrific abuse that took place here is recognised and that the changes we make will prevent these terrible events from happening again.

The document in the Downloads Section below sets out some of the improvements we have made over the last three years as assurance of our commitment to real and lasting change.


Rt Rev Robert Igo OSB, Abbot of Ampleforth Abbey, has released a statement on our safeguarding improvements following the IICSA reports. 

View Statement 

In August 2023 the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) undertook a baseline audit of safeguarding arrangements for Ampleforth Abbey. The audit has been undertaken as part of the pilot phase of audits of religious life groups. The overall grading against the CSSA safeguarding standards was Comprehensive Assurance.

The audit report can be viewed below.