Statement from Richard Langmead, CEO Urban Saints, regarding Ex-Volunteer Mike Pulsford
Further to our statement on 26 November 2018, Mike Pulsford, an ex-volunteer leader, has today attended sentencing at Southampton Crown Court and been found guilty of 16 counts of indecent assault against children which took place at a number of locations including the Crusaders Residential Centre on the Isle of Wight and at Crusader groups during the 1970s and 1980s.
We are horrified by this situation and have fully supported the Police with all their enquiries throughout Operation Marmion. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the survivors of this abuse, including their families, friends and communities.
We are dedicated to serving young people, encouraging them to know how much they are loved and valued by God. Our hearts break when we discover this has not always been the situation in the past and acknowledge the deep pain, frustration and sense of injustice survivors may have felt.
The safety of children and young people is at the heart of all of our work. We do everything in our power to minimise risk for everyone in our care and have stringent recruitment and monitoring processes for staff, leaders and volunteers. Our current safeguarding policies and procedures reflect the very latest standards and best practice, and we continue to invest in providing the safest environments for children and young people.
Anyone impacted by this case can contact the anonymous helpline on 0303 003 11 11 provided by Thirtyone:eight, a Christian independent Safeguarding Charity. Any victims of this type of abuse are always encouraged to contact the police on 101.
CEO, Urban Saints
18th April 2019