Diocese of Carlisle

    Statement - St Monica's Maternity Home

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    9 July 2024

    ITV national news have today (Tuesday 9 July) run a report focusing on accounts of forced adopt and historical abuse at care homes in England. This included St Monica’s Maternity Home which the Diocese of Carlisle operated from 1918 to its closure in 1970.

    Such accounts are shocking and our thoughts and prayers remain with all those affected. We are deeply sorry that people suffered in this way, and it is hugely disturbing to think that the trust placed in those who cared for young women and girls at St Monica’s may have been breached. We fully recognise the courage and bravery it has taken to come forward with such details.

    We appreciate that there may be people who have connections to St Monica’s Home and who been affected by issues raised in the report and need further support. They can contact our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Joanna Van Lachterop, on 07458 016884 or at safeguarding.adviser@carlislediocese.org.uk.

    Alternatively, people may wish to contact Safe Spaces, a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church or as a result of their relationship with the Church of England. Safe Spaces can be contacted by telephone on 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times) or via email at safespaces@firstlight.org.uk.. A dedicated Safe Spaces team is available through the helpline from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays. A member of the Safe Spaces team will make contact within 48 hours of a contact request or referral.