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Ray Burton Christmas Home Appeal

Published December 18, 2014 by JS2

Ray Burton Christmas Home Appeal

As an ex Bryn Estyn resident myself. I as deeply saddened to read about another ex-resident- Ray Burton’s situation. It got me thinking. Discussions with others have led to this plea. Lets get Ray housed for Christmas. He won’t get any cash from this campaign just a bed, warmth, food and hopefully some company. He’ll also discover there’s people out there who actually care enough to donate a couple of pounds. This should raise his confidence. Ray is one of thousands of homeless. We can’t help them all. But we can get this man out of his cave for Christmas. Ideally I’d like to put a few in his place but that’s another story. Go on then, just click and donate. Imagine his face when he finds out because he doesn’t know yet.

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Ray Burton grew up in the South Wales Valleys and things started going very wrong in his life when he was put into care at the age of 13. Ray (52) will spend Christmas in a cave – because he has nowhere else to live. He spent a period of time at the now notorious BRYN ESTYN  children’s care home in Wrexham, where he says he was abused. “I had a very rough childhood but before I was put in care, I got into nature and even had a pet fox,”

Ray Burton moved into his makeshift home on Llandudno’s Great Orme
limestone headland because he has nowhere else to live
Cave dweller: Homeless man Ray Burton in his makeshift home “I think it’s this love for the outdoors which makes life in the cave endurable.”

Cold and damp: Ray Burton and his tent inside the cave Ray Burton moved into his makeshift home on Llandudno’s Great Orme limestone headland after he was told to leave his flat.A year ago the future had looked brighter for the former builder as Hope Restored, a charity which helps the homeless in Llandudno, found him a flat.”I moved in on January 1 and lived there for four months.”I was secure, warm, had no debt and the place was lovely but I had invited a few friends from the streets one night and things got out of hand.”The landlord said it wasn’t to happen again, but my so-called friends wouldn’t leave me alone, and were constantly hanging around drinking outside and I was asked to leave.

Softly spoken, polite and articulate, Ray says he hit rock bottom again about a month ago, when all his possessions were burnt in the cave. Ray, who suffers from alcoholism, was left with nothing but the clothes on his back.”That was a very bad time, I’ve no idea who did it but I was left with nothing and had to start all over again.”Brenda came to the rescue, she clothed me and bought me another tent, sleeping bag and a little stove.”Living in the cave isn’t too bad. I’ve got my radio and have an amazing view, it’s also very peaceful.”But I do get very cold sometimes, and I’m asthmatic so living in there isn’t good for my chest as it’s damp.”I also get very dirty because of the dust on the walls and the mud.” Hard year: Ray Burton is hoping for better fortune in 2015

He added: “Christmas Day will just be like any other day for me. “I’ll be trying to keep warm and will be eating the food parcel Hope Restored will give me. “I hope 2015 will be a better year, I just hope I’ll get a flat as I am getting too old to be living on the streets.”

Ray Burton outside the cave in Llandudno
UPDATE WE HAVE JUST FOUND OUT RAY HAS BEEN GIVEN A FLAT, BUT NEEDS FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS AND FOOD
FOR CHRISTMAS

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Prolific child abuser John Allen ‘shared victims’ with paedophile friend linked to Tony Blair minister

Published December 1, 2014 by JS2

John Allen, 73, and Michael John Carroll, 66, were friends when they were abusing youngsters North Wales and London respectively in the 1980s

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Two notorious paedophiles were at the centre of a nationwide network of abusers which allegedly included both Labour and Tory politicians, a Mirror investigation has found.

Detectives suspected 16 years ago that the children’s home abuse ring spanned the country and involved hundreds of victims.

Official documents show paedophiles John Allen, 73, and Michael John Carroll, 66, were friends when they were abusing youngsters North Wales and London respectively in the 1980s.

Their links can be revealed on the day Allen was jailed for life for sexually abusing 19 children he was paid to look after.

Margaret Thatcher’s former aide Sir Peter Morrison is suspected of abusing boys in Allen’s care in Wales while a former minister in Tony Blair’s government is currently being probed over his alleged visits to Carroll’s Angell Road children’s home in Lambeth, south London.

Both men were protected by the authorities who ignored Allen’s victims for years and allowed Carroll to remain in charge of the home despite knowing he was a convicted paedophile.

A series of articles in the Daily Mirror have revealed how former detective Clive Driscoll was removed from an investigation into Carroll in 1998 when he named the Blair minister as a suspect.

Official papers from that year show a boy placed in a Lambeth home was abused by Carroll, known as MJC, while two of the boy’s brothers went to a Bryn Allen Community in Wales where youngsters were attacked by Allen.

The internal Lambeth council document, dated 23 September, 1998, states: “Additional information not yet in a statement is that the third brother of witness 1 and 2 was placed at Bryn Allen Community not Angell Road.

“However he has confirmed that he knew MJC who used to visit John Allen at the community.

“John Allen is now serving a long custodial sentence for abuse of children at that group home…From the placements list it appears we used a number of homes to place children now known to have suffered extensive abuse. Eg Bryn Allen, and St Georges Liverpool now renamed Clarence House.”

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Convicted paedophile Michael Carroll

Another document dated September 18, 1998, reveals officers from Merseyside’s Operation Care, who successfully investigated Carroll, were aware of the links.

It states: “Operation care (sic) has suggested a tie-up between Lambeth children and the enquiry in North Wales. North Wales Police say that Lambeth was informed of this in 1991.”

Mr Driscoll, who led the investigation that saw two of Stephen Lawrence’s killers jailed, said of his 1998 suspects: “Some of the names were people that were locally working, some people that were, if you like, working nationally.

“There was quite a mix really because it appeared that it was connected to other boroughs and other movement around the country.”

A social services source who investigated abuse in Lambeth agreed, saying: “There were patterns of children moving to certain homes around the country, Lambeth, north Wales, south Wales and Merseyside.

“It was bigger than Lambeth – it involved senior children’s homes officers around the country but it was proving it that was the problem.

“These like-minded people had access to one another through their work.”

One of Carroll’s Lambeth victims confirmed that detectives were aware of his links with Allen in 1998.

Now a father and delivery driver, he said: “The police told me John Allen knew Carroll. They said they were investigating their links but that was the last I heard.

“You have to think to yourself did they have a system where children were being passed around homes to be abused?”

Carroll took boys on camping trips to the Caernarfon, north Wales, where he ran the Ozaman charity in the 1980s and later opened a hotel near Wrexham, where many children from the North Wales homes were abused.

One man who accompanied Carroll on the trips is currently being hunted by Merseyside police after being summonsed earlier this year over allegations of child sex attacks dating back many decades.

Carroll’s fellow care worker Steven Forrest, was accused of sexually assaulting a young boy at Angell Road. He died of an Aids related illness before the boy made the allegation.

At least three men who worked with Carroll at a youth charity in London were also convicted paedophiles.

Allen was jailed in 1995 for six years for child sex abuse. A former police officer who knew Allen is currently on bail after being arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing boys.

Allen’s former employees Peter Howarth and Stephen Norris were both convicted of sexually abusing children in their care.

Rod Richards, a former Conservative MP and ex-leader of the Welsh Tories, has claimed he had seen evidence linking Sir Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over 20 years.

Former Tory minister Edwina Currie revealed that Morrision was a child abuser in her diaries, which were published 12 years ago.

John Allen, 73, sentenced today for sexually abusing 19 children in his care.

Mr Richards also linked a second leading Tory grandee – now dead – to the scandals at homes including Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn Hall.

He said official documents had identified the pair as frequent, unexplained visitors to the care homes.

Scotland Yard have opened three investigations linked to Carroll following revelations in the Daily Mirror.

He was jailed for ten years at Liverpool Crown Court in 1999 after admitting 35 offences against 12 boys, both on Merseyside and in Lambeth.

Former Lambeth social services director David Pope allowed him to continue running Angell Road despite learning he had been convicted of indecently assaulting a young boy in 1966.

Carroll now lives in a half a million pound home near Oswestry, Shropshire.

He denies ever meeting the Blair minister. Allen, who made millions from his children’s homes, will be sentenced today at Mold crown court after last week being found guilty of 33 sex attacks on children as young as 10. He was jailed in 1995 for six years for child sex abuse.

Daily Mirror

CHILD ABUSE SCANDAL : The Bryn Estyn home wasn’t fit for children. It has made my life since leaving a complete misery

Published October 26, 2014 by JS2

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The full horror of young lives blighted, terrorised, and in some cases destroyed by years of sexual and physical abuse in children’s homes is revealed in the report into one of Britain’s biggest child abuse scandals.

For many of the young children, their lives were a living nightmare, the report says. Even when in desperation they ran away to escape the abuse, their stories were not believed and they were almost always returned to their abusers.

The children placed in residential homes in Clwyd, North Wales, in the 1970s and 1980s, were not, for the most part, delinquents, juvenile criminals, or uncontrollable. They were the innocent victims of domestic problems, sometimes four and five years old, who had been abused in their own families, or youngsters who had simply been abandoned.

What they needed was love and protection. But the world they went into, as described in the report, was no safe haven. It was a brutal, abusive regime.

“The history of allegations of serious abuse of children by staff was frankly appalling in its extent and persistence down the years,” says the report by three leading and independent child care specialists – which has so far not been published.

Most damming of all is the list of 12 young men who have died and whose deaths were linked to their lives in care.

Most of these deaths were not when the abuse was occurring, the report shows, but took place around the time of the investigation and trials of the men found guilty of abusing children in Clwyd.

The list reveals that nine of the 12 died after the police investigation and in some cases after men had been charged. Some of the young men who died had been involved in making statements or giving evidence.

The team says: “We are of the opinion that perhaps insufficient thought has been given to the psychological or psychiatric stress of appearing in court as a witness in high-profile cases.”

The stark list of those who have died appears on one page of the 300- page report and the inquiry team says that even this list “is not comprehensive’.

R1: Fell to his death from a railway bridge. Former resident of Bryn Alyn Home.

R2: May, 1978, committed suicide aged 16 by taking an overdose of pain killing tablets. Former resident of Bryn Alyn.

R3: March 1985, was found dead in a flat in which he was living in poverty, aged 21. Former resident of Little Acton Assessment centre.

R4: April 1992, died in a fire aged 32 in premises in which he lived in Sussex. The inquest verdict – unlawful killing. Former resident of Bryn Alyn.

R5: June 1992, found dead aged 18 in a bed-sitter. Cause of death, acute respiratory failure due to solvent abuse. Former resident of Bryn Alyn.

R6: January, 1994, committed suicide by hanging, aged 27.

R7: April, 1994, died aged 27 from alcohol abuse. Allegations that he had been the subject of a serious sexual offence. Former Bryn Estyn resident.

R8: July 1994, found dead in a car, aged 18. Former foster child in Clwyd where he allegedly suffered from maltreatment.

R9: November, 1994, committed suicide aged 16 by hanging.

R10: February, 1995, died from and apparent heroin overdose aged 37. Former resident of Bryn Alyn where it was alleged he had been sexually abused.

R11: February, 1995, hanged himself aged 31. Allegations of sexual abuse against care workers.

R12: May, 1995, found hanging aged 27. Allegations that he had been sexually abused by a senior care worker. Former resident of Bryn Estyn.

The inquiry team members said they had interviewed some former residents who said their experience in the homes was positive “but on the whole, those interviews which we undertook and the statements which we read, gave a clear indication that the residential care experience for a significant number of young people was little short of a living nightmare”.

The inquiry team interviewed a number of young people as well as reading statements made earlier. One young man, now in his twenties, who spent some time at the Bryn Estyn home, told the team: “Bryn Estyn wasn’t fit for children. It has made my life since leaving a complete misery. I spent some time in hospital because of suicide attempts. It has made me unable to form a loving relationship.”

Another said: “It scares me now looking at kids of that age. I look at my kids and think, how could somebody do what they did. But I know it is true.”

Commenting on visits from headquarters officials to homes, one young man said: “It was always suits, always men. We were told to smile. It would have been nice if it had been a woman.”

Another said: “Bryn Estyn was the Colditz of residential care. If you ever rocked the boat you were left alone.”

Yet another said: “Years later I was talking to a cousin who was at the same home as me. I didn’t know he was my cousin then. He said, `I remember you, you were the boy with no shoes’. They wouldn’t let me have shoes because of running away.”

Roger Dobson

Detectives probing paedophile ring in North Wales care homes make further arrest

Published July 24, 2013 by JS2

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Officers attached to Operation Pallial arrest 61-year-old on suspicion of a number of serious sexual assaults

A 61-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of a historic paedophile ring in North Wales care homes.

Officers attached to Operation Pallial arrested the man in Chester, Cheshire, today on suspicion of a number of serious sexual assaults.

The assaults are alleged to have been carried out on a boy between 1982 and 1985, when he was aged between 12 and 15, a spokesman for the Serious Organised Crime Agency said.

Today’s arrest is the fourth made as part of Operation Pallial, an investigation led by Keith Bristow, director general of the National Crime Agency, into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.

Detectives from Operation Pallial, which was launched last November, are looking into 140 allegations relating to 18 care homes between 1963 and 1992.

The first Operation Pallial arrest took place on April 23 and the man from Ipswich, Suffolk – accused of “a number of serious sexual offences against a number of individuals” – was bailed until the end of July.

The second took place on June 26 and a man, from Leicester, was bailed until the end of September.

The third arrest took place on July 18 and a man, from Wrexham, was bailed until late October.

A report published in April, which outlined phase one of the inquiry, revealed that the alleged victims in the case were aged between seven and 19.

The report said a total of 84 people – 75 male and nine female – had been named by complainants.

Of these, 16 were named by more than one alleged victim and 10 may now be dead.

The National Crime Agency was selected at the request of North Wales Police to ensure the inquiry’s independence.

It was set up to re-examine claims of sex crimes and to look again at the original police investigations into abuse at care homes in North Wales.

In 2000, the Waterhouse Inquiry was established to study claims linked to homes in the former council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974.

Following Waterhouse, eight people were prosecuted, seven of whom were convicted.

Earlier this month, a damning report which revealed “extensive” child abuse in North Wales care homes was finally published – 17 years after it claimed police officers and other professionals could have been identified as potential “perpetrators of assaults”.

The Jillings Report, which focused on allegations of abuse within the council care system during the 1970s and 1980s, was compiled in 1996 but its publication was blocked by the former Clwyd County Council because insurers feared compensation claims.

heavily redacted version of the report has now been published online in the wake of the fresh investigations.

The report is highly critical of North Wales Police’s role in investigating allegations involving its own officers and also claims other agencies, including the local authority, constrained its investigation by providing “limited information” and, in some cases, refusing to meet with the panel.

 

PART ONE OF THE JILLINGS REPORT http://www.scribd.com/doc/152385724/Part-1-of-the-Jillings-Report-into-child-abuse-in-North-Wales

PART TWO OF THE JILLINGS REPORT http://www.scribd.com/doc/152385765/Part-2-of-the-Jillings-Report-into-child-abuse-in-North-Wales

 

 

 

Third man arrested in investigation into North Wales child sex abuse scandal

Published July 18, 2013 by JS2

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A 72-year-old man from Wrexham is being questioned on suspicion of physical assaults against eight youngsters after being arrested by Operation Pallial detectives

A third man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of a historic paedophile ring in North Wales.

Detectives from Operation Pallial, launched last November, are looking into 140 allegations relating to 18 care homes between 1963 and 1992.

A 72-year-old man from Wrexham is being questioned on suspicion of physical assaults against eight youngsters, said the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

The assaults, on five boys and three girls, are alleged to have taken place between 1974 and 1986 when they were aged between 10 and 15.

A Soca spokeswoman said: “The 72-year-old man will be taken to a police station in North Wales where he will be interviewed.”

Operation Pallial is led by Keith Bristow, director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA), and is looking into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.

A man from Ipswich was held on April 23 accused of “a number of serious sexual offences against a number of individuals”, and was bailed until the end of July.

A 62-year-old man from Leicester was detained on June 26 and was bailed until the end of September.

A report published in April, which outlined phase one of the inquiry, revealed that the alleged victims in the case were aged between seven and 19.

The report said 84 people – 75 male and nine female – had been named by complainants. Of these, 16 were named by more than one alleged victim and 10 might now be dead.

The NCA was selected at the request of North Wales Police to ensure the inquiry’s independence.

It was set up to re-examine claims of sex crimes and look again at the original police investigations into abuse at care homes in North Wales.

In 2000 the Waterhouse Inquiry was established to study claims linked to homes in the former council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974.

Following Waterhouse, eight people were prosecuted and seven were convicted.

 

Wales Online

The truth behind the child abuse cover-ups

Published July 14, 2013 by JS2

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The report that first exposed child abuse in North Wales care homes has finally been published. But, says Eileen Fairweather, damning details have still been left out

 

Seventeen years ago, a nervous-sounding woman rang and asked me to publicise a top-secret report. She was not the whistleblower, she explained, but a go-between. She would not give me her name: “It’s safer if you don’t know.”

That secret report revealed the extensive rape and savage beating of countless children in North Wales children’s homes. It was titled “Child Abuse: An independent investigation commissioned by Clwyd County Council, period 1974-1995”. Last week, John Jillings’s report on the Clwyd scandal was finally published. But Flintshire county council – successor to Clwyd – has heavily censored it. I dug out the original and discovered, unsurprisingly, that the cover-up continues.

The cloak-and-dagger way I obtained the redacted report speaks volumes about how those struggling to expose Britain’s child abuse rings were intimidated and derided. Few then believed children’s allegations that people in power, including politicians and senior police, were involved. I was myself incredulous when first asked in 1990 to investigate a social worker. Weren’t care professionals all kind?

It was a baptism by fire, as one investigation rapidly led to another, and I realised that paedophiles had comprehensively infiltrated Britain’s children’s homes since the 1970s.

Back in 1996, only a handful of local politicians and officials were allowed a copy of Jillings’s report. They were told – by police, insurers and the council – that they risked their careers, arrest and being personally sued if a word reached the media. The uncensored Jillings report includes these chilling threats.

Every report had a number, imprinted as a large watermark on every page. Any journalist who quoted it would supposedly be ordered by the courts to produce their copy or photocopy or face jail, and the watermark would expose their source.

My caller said apologetically I must write out the report by hand. I was also told to share it widely with other reporters. Journalists need exclusives, but the rationale was sound: “If all the media cover this, there won’t be a witch-hunt.”

I collected the report from a safe ‘drop’ point. It took me three exhausting days, holed up alone in a poky room in a B&B, to scribble out hundreds of pages. I fed to different newspapers and broadcasters different extracts suggested by my source. I only produced one article, and later a programme for HTV, under my name.

At least one paper and a news channel independently acquired the report: clearly, others whistle-blew. The coverage was widespread, and the whistleblowers’ drip-feed strategy worked: no one was arrested or sued.

Clamour mounted, and the Government announced a public inquiry. Yet surely, no further inquiries were needed: instead, police could have acted on the evidence already given to them by hundreds of victims and concerned staff, kicked-in doors and arrested suspected perpetrators.

The late judge, Sir Ronald Waterhouse, took evidence over three years, and in 2000 produced a report, “Lost in Care”. His tribunal had cost millions and ultimately achieved little, other than fat fees for lawyers. It amplified the horrors described by Jillings but it did not lead to arrests or managers being disciplined or struck off.

Jillings – the retired former director of Derbyshire social services – and his team, Prof Jane Tunstall and Gerrilyn Smith, had been commissioned after several former workers at Clwyd care homes were prosecuted in the early 1990s for abuse. But victims described many more abusers, and alleged organised child prostitution.

Last autumn Rod Richards – a former Welsh Conservatives leader, who has recently joined UKIP – revealed that the late Sir Peter Morrison MP, a close aide to Mrs Thatcher, was implicated in the North Wales care scandal. Did this limit the political will to act?

Flintshire county council says it has redacted much of the Jillings Report on the advice of Operation Pallial, which in April confirmed it is examining 76 new allegations of abuse in 18 North Wales care homes between 1963 and 1992.

North Wales Chief Constable Mark Polin has warned abusers: “If you believe that the passage of time will reduce the resolve of Operation Pallial or any police force to identify people still alive who have caused harm to others and bring them to justice, you are sorely mistaken. Offenders should quite rightly have to look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives.”

Mrs Justice Macur is also examining the evidence excluded from the Waterhouse inquiry. Following a key arrest, I am cautiously hopeful that, this time, police mean business.

The authorities had issued such stern libel threats to Jillings’s panel that it only named a few of the accused staff who were allowed to resign unpunished. But he exposed the excuses of the jobsworths who allowed sadists to control these terrible homes. This is the real censored dynamite in the report.

The whited-out paragraphs in the redacted version help minimise the breathtaking incompetence and laziness of ”the suits’’ – those in the Welsh Office, the Social Services Inspectorate, the local council and welfare directors.

Some cuts are not even indicated. Jillings wrote that one Bryn Estyn boss – allowed to take early retirement following grave concerns – caned children “despite Welsh Office guidance to the contrary”. In the redacted version, at section 8.6.4, the key words “Welsh Office” have vanished.

So many looked the other way, despite desperate children and a lone, brave social worker begging for years for action. Shamefully, the whistleblower Alison Taylor’s name is also redacted from the online version of Jillings. This heroine was sacked. But those who looked the other way were promoted, moved to senior child welfare roles elsewhere or retired on enhanced benefits – like many alleged abusers.

Jillings, in the non-redacted report, reveals that one head of a home who allegedly cruelly beat boys even had a post secured for him by Clwyd at an exotic holiday destination abroad. Might some who failed to act now be investigated for neglect or conspiracy? When does inertia become criminal?

Many children ran away, but police returned them, weeping, to their abusers. At Bryn Estyn – famously described by Jillings as “the Colditz of residential care” – one boy was crammed into a laundry basket, the lid tied shut and tossed into a swimming pool. Other children saved him from drowning.

Jillings also describes ”M’’, a 15-year-old girl. Three men were eventually convicted of unlawful sex with her at her foster home. They tied her to a wooden pole, dragged her upstairs and half-drowned her in a cold bath. Yet managers claimed the sex was consensual. The uncensored version exposes concerns that she was prostituted. Such subtle redactions make it harder for people to join the dots.

In May 1997, after the Jillings report, a key member of Clwyd’s fostering panel was imprisoned for abuse. Roger Saint had been appointed despite his known history of abuse.

Other redacted details concern Unit Five, where older boys routinely abused younger ones. It was feared that they violently “broke in” recruits for a paedophile ring. But managers said the sex was consensual.

The redacted version also conceals the fact that David John Gillison, imprisoned in 1987 for three years for gross indecency against a boy in care, was prominent in the local Campaign for Homosexual Equality. Why conceal that? Paedophiles in other child-care scandals have similarly hijacked the banner of gay rights – to the detriment of both children and ordinary, decent gay men.

I earlier exposed a similar scandal at Islington children’s homes, where paedophile staff cynically accused anyone raising concerns of “homophobia”.

The redacted version has also removed the fact that a former Bryn Estyn head was arrested for abuse but the charge dropped. Yet Mat Arnold was long dead, so why was this cut? Jillings later – seemingly randomly – mentions that Arnold died of an unspecified blood disease. Later he notes his concern that the abusers put their victims at risk of sexually related diseases. Did he fear that Arnold died of Aids – and is that still too politically incorrect to mention?

I later exposed Mark Trotter, a Hackney social worker who died of Aids after abusing boys in care. His council believed him an Aids martyr and covered up his abuse.

The real martyrs are the care children who killed themselves or died violently. Jillings lists 12. He called them R1, R2, etc, with just a few poignant lines about their deaths by hanging or falling from heights. My hand ached after I wrote out that report, and so did my heart.

I later learnt of four other abused boys who died tragically or mysteriously. I rang the secretariat of the Waterhouse tribunal and asked if it would examine the deaths of these 16 boys. The official said no and, when I asked why not, became supercilious. If they’re dead, he snapped, they can’t give evidence – can they?

I slammed down the phone and wept.

Back in 1996, my sole news story about Jillings’s report appeared in a Sunday paper. It had been severely cut. I understood why – I had focused on something key but “dry”, namely the insurers’ role in suppressing the report. But I felt I had failed these hurt children and my distress infected a weekend with old friends.

Even they seemingly thought I was exaggerating the scale of the scandal. I glumly trailed round a stately home’s garden with them and shut up. One, a psychoanalyst, wrote me a sweet, implicit apology after the Jimmy Savile revelations and said she and colleagues had since been inundated with people painfully disclosing long-hidden abuse. She thanked me for helping make the unbelievable believable.

I have sometimes thought of those who escaped the Holocaust during the war, but no one believed their stories. This has been a hard journalistic beat to tread. Yet I am not one of the victims of Britain’s holocaust of children, just a witness, a reporter. Dear God, please, this time, let us not fail them.

Eileen Fairweather is an award-winning journalist whose investigations over 20 years have helped expose several paedophile rings

 

The Telegraph

CHILD ABUSE SCANDAL : The Bryn Estyn home wasn’t fit for children. It has made my life since leaving a complete misery

Published July 8, 2013 by JS2

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The unpublished Clwyd report reveals the full horror of life in residential care.

 

The full horror of young lives blighted, terrorised, and in some cases destroyed by years of sexual and physical abuse in children’s homes is revealed in the report into one of Britain’s biggest child abuse scandals.

For many of the young children, their lives were a living nightmare, the report says. Even when in desperation they ran away to escape the abuse, their stories were not believed and they were almost always returned to their abusers.

The children placed in residential homes in Clwyd, North Wales, in the 1970s and 1980s, were not, for the most part, delinquents, juvenile criminals, or uncontrollable. They were the innocent victims of domestic problems, sometimes four and five years old, who had been abused in their own families, or youngsters who had simply been abandoned.

What they needed was love and protection. But the world they went into, as described in the report, was no safe haven. It was a brutal, abusive regime.

“The history of allegations of serious abuse of children by staff was frankly appalling in its extent and persistence down the years,” says the report by three leading and independent child care specialists – which has so far not been published.

Most damming of all is the list of 12 young men who have died and whose deaths were linked to their lives in care.

Most of these deaths were not when the abuse was occurring, the report shows, but took place around the time of the investigation and trials of the men found guilty of abusing children in Clwyd.

The list reveals that nine of the 12 died after the police investigation and in some cases after men had been charged. Some of the young men who died had been involved in making statements or giving evidence.

The team says: “We are of the opinion that perhaps insufficient thought has been given to the psychological or psychiatric stress of appearing in court as a witness in high-profile cases.”

The stark list of those who have died appears on one page of the 300- page report and the inquiry team says that even this list “is not comprehensive’.

R1: Fell to his death from a railway bridge. Former resident of Bryn Alyn Home.

R2: May, 1978, committed suicide aged 16 by taking an overdose of pain killing tablets. Former resident of Bryn Alyn.

R3: March 1985, was found dead in a flat in which he was living in poverty, aged 21. Former resident of Little Acton Assessment centre.

R4: April 1992, died in a fire aged 32 in premises in which he lived in Sussex. The inquest verdict – unlawful killing. Former resident of Bryn Alyn.

R5: June 1992, found dead aged 18 in a bed-sitter. Cause of death, acute respiratory failure due to solvent abuse. Former resident of Bryn Alyn.

R6: January, 1994, committed suicide by hanging, aged 27.

R7: April, 1994, died aged 27 from alcohol abuse. Allegations that he had been the subject of a serious sexual offence. Former Bryn Estyn resident.

R8: July 1994, found dead in a car, aged 18. Former foster child in Clwyd where he allegedly suffered from maltreatment.

R9: November, 1994, committed suicide aged 16 by hanging.

R10: February, 1995, died from and apparent heroin overdose aged 37. Former resident of Bryn Alyn where it was alleged he had been sexually abused.

R11: February, 1995, hanged himself aged 31. Allegations of sexual abuse against care workers.

R12: May, 1995, found hanging aged 27. Allegations that he had been sexually abused by a senior care worker. Former resident of Bryn Estyn.

The inquiry team members said they had interviewed some former residents who said their experience in the homes was positive “but on the whole, those interviews which we undertook and the statements which we read, gave a clear indication that the residential care experience for a significant number of young people was little short of a living nightmare”.

The inquiry team interviewed a number of young people as well as reading statements made earlier. One young man, now in his twenties, who spent some time at the Bryn Estyn home, told the team: “Bryn Estyn wasn’t fit for children. It has made my life since leaving a complete misery. I spent some time in hospital because of suicide attempts. It has made me unable to form a loving relationship.”

Another said: “It scares me now looking at kids of that age. I look at my kids and think, how could somebody do what they did. But I know it is true.”

Commenting on visits from headquarters officials to homes, one young man said: “It was always suits, always men. We were told to smile. It would have been nice if it had been a woman.”

Another said: “Bryn Estyn was the Colditz of residential care. If you ever rocked the boat you were left alone.”

Yet another said: “Years later I was talking to a cousin who was at the same home as me. I didn’t know he was my cousin then. He said, `I remember you, you were the boy with no shoes’. They wouldn’t let me have shoes because of running away.”

 

 

 

MONDAY 22 APRIL 1996

The Independant