Frequently Asked Questions

Section 1 – What is Redress?

Q – What is Redress?

A – Redress is a name commonly given to schemes which seek to provide compensation to victims of harm. This compensation can include the provision of counselling and other support mechanisms, as well as financial payment to assist with ongoing needs arising from the harm suffered.

 

Q – What is the difference between Redress and a civil claim?

A – Redress is provided as an alternative to a civil legal process. Such processes can be time consuming and costly and, in some cases damaging for victims. Redress schemes are designed to make the process easier for victims. They can also prove less costly to administer for organisations seeking to provide redress. This generally means more funds are available for Redress as less is spent on legal fees to process individual cases.

Section 2 – Who are the Jesus Fellowship?

Q – Who are the Jesus Fellowship?

A – The Jesus Fellowship Church is a former Christian Church based in Northamptonshire, also known as the Jesus Army. Many of the members of Jesus Fellowship Church practiced communal living in a number of houses owned by the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust.

Q – What type of harm occurred within the Jesus Fellowship Church?

A – In 2013 the Jesus Fellowship Church invited people to make disclosures about their experiences of the Church and many came forward with disclosures of various kinds of abuse including pastoral abuse and bullying, as well as financial, physical and sexual abuse.  In May 2019 the National Leadership Team and the members of the Jesus Fellowship Church issued an apology to those affected by the faults and failures in the Church. (link to JF-Redress home page including the apology).

Q – What is the future of the Jesus Fellowship?

A – On Sunday 26th May 2019, the members of the Jesus Fellowship Church voted to revoke the Church's constitution. The national Church no longer exists and local congregations have either been disbanded or become autonomous.

Q – Has there been legal action against Jesus Fellowship?

A – The disclosures information was passed to the Police, who launched Operation Lifeboat, examining non-recent abuse in the JFC. As a result, a number of criminal cases involving members and former members were successfully prosecuted through the courts.

Q – What safeguarding is in place to stop this happening again?

A – Before it was dissolved, the Jesus Fellowship Church (JFC) carried out a radical revision of its safeguarding policies and procedures.  These policies and procedures, together with the lessons learned, have been passed on to each congregation formed by former members of the JFC and each congregation has appointed its own safeguarding officer to ensure that these principles are applied.

Q – What is the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust?

A – The Jesus Fellowship Church (JFC) was a registered charity, so it set up the linked, but independent Jesus Fellowship Community Trust (JFCT), which is a non-charitable trust whose purpose is to cater for the financial needs of those members of JFC living communally in JFCT owned houses.  The trustees of JFCT have a legal obligation to provide for the welfare of the current members of the Trust, but also wish to provide funds for the Redress Scheme.  The trustees are now in the process of liquidating the assets of JFCT in order to fulfil all these legal and moral obligations.

Q – Who runs the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust?

A – The Jesus Fellowship Community Trust is managed by a board of trustees which is separate from the leadership of the former Jesus Fellowship Church.

 

Section 3 – Why is there a Jesus Fellowship Redress Scheme?

Q – Why is there a Jesus Fellowship Redress Scheme?

A –The Trustees are committed to provide resources to help former and current members towards closure from the mistakes and painful experiences of the past. Whilst harm cannot be undone, The Trustees hope that the scheme will be helpful to those who feel that they can engage with it.

Q – Who is funding the Jesus Fellowship Redress Scheme?

A - The Jesus Fellowship Redress Scheme is funded by The Jesus Fellowship Community Trust.

Q – Who has designed the Jesus Fellowship Redress Scheme?

A – A Redress Reference Group, made up of trustees; current and past members; and survivors and their representatives have developed the Redress Scheme.

Q – Who is managing the Jesus Fellowship Redress Scheme?

A - The Redress Reference Group has appointed an independent body JF-Redress to deliver the Redress Scheme. JF-Redress will manage all aspects of the scheme protecting confidentiality for all applicants.

Q – Who decides the outcome of my application?

A - JF-Redress have appointed two panels of independent professionals to review and decide on claim outcomes. Each claim will be assessed by at least 3 professionals from a pool of independent legal assessors and 3 independent professionals from a pool of decision makers.

Q – What type of professionals are in the assessment panel?

A – The assessment panel pool is made up from members of the independent legal team who have been handling JFCT civil claims. 

Q – What type of professionals are in the decision panel?

A – The decision panel pool is comprised of professionals with qualification and experience in safeguarding.

Q – Does the JF-Redress scheme include anything for Under 21s?

A – No, but the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust (JFCT) is addressing this.

Q - Does the JR-Redress scheme include addressing pension payments due to lack of National Insurance payments?

A - No, but the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust (JFCT) is addressing this.

Section 4 – Am I eligible?

Q – I am currently a member of Jesus Fellowship Trust (but not a Trustee). Can I apply?

A – Yes, the scheme is open to both current and former members and their children.

Q – My parent(s) are/is currently a member(s) of Jesus Fellowship Trust. Can I apply?

A – Yes, the scheme is open to both current and former members and their children.

Q – Neither my parents nor I were ever members, but I suffered harm as a visitor. Can I apply?

A – Yes, the scheme is open to those who have experienced harm as a visitor to a Jesus Fellowship Church Household.

Q – I am currently pursuing a civil claim against Jesus Fellowship Community Trust. Can I apply to the Jesus Fellowship Redress scheme?

A – You apply for Redress as an alternative to the civil claim route. Should your civil claim be completed, you would not be eligible for the Redress scheme, and if your Redress claim is successful, you must agree not to pursue any legal claim.

Q – I would like to apply but require help completing the application and managing the process?

A – The claim forms may be completed by somebody who you authorise to apply and handle the claim on your behalf. See the Details will be in your claim pack.

Q – Is there a verification process?

A - Yes. JF-Redress will work in partnership with the independent legal team who have been handling JFCT civil claims and we will work with you to find the most sensitive and practical solution to verify your claim based upon your personal circumstances.

Section 5 – When can I apply?

Q – When can I apply for the Jesus Fellowship Redress scheme?

A – You can register for the scheme through this website from 1st May 2020 by completing a Claimant contact form. You will then be enrolled in the Claimant Path.

Q – How long will the scheme be running?

A – The window to register your application is 2 years. Registration will open on the 1st May 2020 and close on 31st April 2022.

Q – How long will the process take?

A – Initially we will be taking applications during the month of May 2020. Once claim handing opens, we will pilot a limited number of applications to ensure the process is running smoothly. It is expected that initially claims will be successfully processed within 3-6 months, and that this will improve for later claims.

Section 6 – How do I apply? 

Q - How do I apply for the Jesus Fellowship Redress scheme?

A – You can register through this website by completing the contact form. You will then be enrolled in the Claimant Path and will receive notification of next steps.

Q – What is the claim process?

A – Once you have been registered and selected for case handling, you fill in and send a completed Claimant Registration Form. The next stages of the process are: 1) Your identity is verified. 2) You will be sent a Claim Pack including a claim form for you to fill out and return. 3) Your anonymised claim will be assessed by members of the Assessment Panel. 4) Your anonymised and assessed claim will be given a final decision by the Decision Panel, leading to 5) A redress offer. There will be an appeal process available, if necessary, before your final redress offer is accepted as a final claim.

(Link to claim path section)

Q – How long will the process take?

A  It is expected that initially claims will be successfully processed within 3-6 months, and that this will improve for later claims. As we get further into the process, we can add questions such as I’ve applied but not heard anything etc, but it makes sense to keep it simple at this stage and not include as not relevant.

Section 7 – How much will I get? 

Q – How much will I get?

A – Payment amounts will be decided by the decision panel on a case-by case basis. Based on their assessment of your application they will decide which tariff level of payment best suits your application.

Q – Who decides the tariff amounts?

A - The specific tariff levels were agreed by the Redress Reference Group, Survivors Groups and their representatives and Jesus Fellowship Community Trust and their representatives, with scrutiny and guidance from independent legal experts who have experience of redress schemes.

Section 8 – Are Jesus Fellowship Redress scheme applications confidential?

Q – Is my application confidential?

A – Yes. Your personal identity details will be removed from your claim form and your claim will move through the process only with a unique reference number.

Q – Are the assessment and decision-making panels impartial?

A – Yes. Neither panel members have connection to the Jesus Fellowship Church or to Jesus Fellowship Community Trust apart from their participation in this review process. The panels will see anonymised claims ensuring that each application is treated with impartiality.

Q – Will the Redress scheme notify the police about my circumstances?

A – Redress can be accessed by victims of crime. The Redress Reference Group strongly advise that all victims who have suffered or are suffering from criminal acts should notify the relevant authorities. It will be assumed that those who make a claim have already notified authorities if they wish to do so, therefore JF-Redress will not report your individual experience. If, however, while reading your claim, either panel considers your experience to contain criminal activity which has not been reported, they are legally obliged to report it and will inform you.

Q – I am concerned that somebody has made a fraudulent application using my details. What should I do?

A – Please contact us at admin@JF-Redress.co.uk. All claims will be subject to an identity check at the outset and prior to payment to minimize instances of fraud.

Section 9 – Who can I talk to? 

Q – I have questions about the Jesus Fellowship Redress scheme that are not covered on the Website. Who should I contact?

A – You can email your question to info@JF-Redress.co.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able.

Q – Apart from the Jesus Fellowship Redress scheme, where else can I get help or support?

A – There are a range of options available for support provided by independent organisations. The support page of the website includes their information.

JFRedress is a redress scheme offered by the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust.