Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kendall House: Girls drugged and abused at church-run home

Girls at a church-run children's home were routinely drugged, locked up and physically, emotionally and sexually abused, a review has found.

Hundreds of girls were sent to Kendall house in Gravesend in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, before it closed in 1986.

The independent review set up by the Bishop of Rochester said the home was a place where cruelty was normalised.

It found girls were heavily sedated and placed in straitjackets. The Church of England has apologised.

In a report the inquiry team said: "The findings are harrowing."

The home was "a place where control, containment and sometimes cruelty were normalised."

The review found girls as young as 11 were "routinely and often without any initial medical assessment, given antidepressants, sedatives and anti-psychotic medication".  (more...)

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