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Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of serious safeguarding failings

The regulator concludes in its report that the charity had been guilty of “serious failings” from a safeguarding perspective and witnesses to the disfellowshipping proceedings “endured inappropriate, demeaning and disrespectful questioning”.

It says that the trustees of the charity “did not engage openly and candidly with the commission” and failed to report the allegations of sexual abuse to the commission as a serious incident.

The commission says that trustees failed adequately to consider and deal with potential conflicts of loyalty within the trustee body and did not keep an adequate written record of the decision-making process used to manage the risk Rose posed to the charity’s beneficiaries.