Thursday, March 24, 2016

Goddard Inquiry: Children were abused 'on industrial scale' at Lambeth Council-run homes

"Physical and sexual abuse on an industrial scale" went "unchecked for decades" at children's homes in a south London borough, a victims' report says.

The report detailing claims by 600 people will go before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

At a preliminary hearing earlier, the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association was given "core participant status".

Its leader Raymond Stevenson said child abuse in the Lambeth Council-run homes had been a "reversal to the dark ages".

The abuse had resulted in the "shedding of thousands of tears", he said, and called it a "shame on the establishment" and "institutionalised evil".

The Shirley Oaks survivors accused the police of failing to deal with the allegations adequately, resulting in a cover up.

It is alleged two convicted children's homes abusers were volunteer police officers.  (more...)

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