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DISGRACED REVEREND: Independent review launched to consider allegations against Watford reverend

 Published on: 29th November 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

An independent review into a disgraced Watford reverend has been launched.

Since April of this year, Soul Survivor founder Rev Mike Pilavachi MBE has been embroiled in a safeguarding scandal which saw allegations of spiritual, emotional, and psychological abuse.

In September, details of a Church of England inquiry were revealed, shedding light on a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour, inappropriate relationships, and the physical wrestling of youths and massaging of young male interns.

The trustees of Soul Survivor Watford, Soul Survivor and Soul61 then commissioned Fiona Scolding KC to lead a team to conduct an independent review, which was officially launched on November 21.

The purpose of the review is to consider the allegations against Rev Pilavachi and understand the extent to which they demonstrate poor safeguarding practice or the abuse of power because of the pastoral responsibility held by Rev Pilavachi at the times in question.

The review will also consider the effectiveness of Soul Survivor’s responses when concerns were raised, the extent to which policies, procedures and best practice were followed.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Fiona’s team directly at

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