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SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS: Archbishop issues statement as investigation into Watford reverend continues

 Published on: 21st May 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A safeguarding investigation into a Watford reverend is continuing as more allegations are made.

Rev Mike Pilavachi MBE operated out of St Andrew’s Church in Chorleywood before he co-founded the Christian charity Soul Survivor based in Watford.

It was announced on April 2 that an investigation into non-recent safeguarding concerns had been launched after reports were received relating to Rev Pilavachi.

However, on April 28, a spokesperson for Soul Survivor said: “We have been informed by the independent team conducting the investigation that allegations about recent matters have come to light. Whilst it does not appear these recent allegations include physical contact, they are no less significant because of that.”

Senior pastor Reverend Andy Croft, in a statement made on behalf of the church on April 30, said: “We are aware of how much those who have come forward have been affected and of how much they are suffering, as are all who are directly involved in this investigation. I want to say, on behalf of the leadership of the church, how much this grieves us.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby also issued a statement on May 16.

He said: “I am deeply conscious of the impact that reports concerning Soul Survivor and Mike Pilavachi continue to have on many people. The investigation has my full support.

“I cannot comment any further at this stage, but I know how profoundly painful this is. I would like to assure anyone who has been affected by this situation of my ongoing prayers.

“If you or someone you know has information they need to share, please do get in touch with safeguarding@churchofengland.org”

A Herts Police spokesperson said: “We are aware of the safeguarding investigation and are monitoring the situation. Should anyone make a criminal allegation, this would be investigated accordingly.”

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