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Cayman Islands British Judge is shamed by London Survivor of UK Lambeth Council Care Homes Child Abuse Scandal

07-29-2021 08:43 AM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: Lambeth Council - IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse)

/ PR Agency: Caribbean Network News Agency
Is Lambeth Council truly sorry for it's Child Abuse Scandals, most especially when a UK Cayman Islands Judge has now been Shamed ?

Is Lambeth Council truly sorry for it's Child Abuse Scandals, most especially when a UK Cayman Islands Judge has now been Shamed ?

London , UNITED KINGDOM (UK) - - (International Press Release) - - A Top (Cayman) Islands Appeals Court Judge has formally been mentioned by a Survivor of the Lambeth Council Care Homes (Child Abuse) Scandal. A Few Years Ago , (long before the IICSA Report was released) , the Survivor had duly notified the Governor of Cayman lslands , the Premier of Cayman lslands , the Police Commissioner of Cayman lslands , the Chief Judge of Cayman lslands , the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) of the Cayman Islands , the Anti-Corruption Commissioner of the Cayman Islands , the Various News Outlets in the Cayman Islands , and the Parliamentary Speaker of Cayman lslands.

Alas (However) : Despite all of these aforesaid historical allegations , the aforementioned Appeal Court Judge has still managed to keep his (high-paying) Job at the Caymanian Appeal Courts - in addition to (gleefully) maintaining a £300000 Annual Retainership Contract with Lambeth Council as an Independent Reviewer of Child Abuse Cases.

Unsurprisingly - The Survivor will soon be releasing an International Trilogy of Books , clearly detailing exactly how so many Senior Figures in the Caymanian Government had also secretly covered up the Lambeth Council Care Homes (Child Abuse) Scandal - just like their UK Counterparts did on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

The main reason for the upcoming series of Books is pure and simple. Very powerful figures in the United Kingdom , once again , appear to have got away with their historical crimes without being investigated , let alone being held to any account whatsoever. Instead , a small group of previously convicted individuals have (as usual) been named - despite the fact that thousands of others were named by the Victims.

According to an Official Report , (which has recently been openly published at https://www.iicsa.org.uk/publications/investigation/lambeth-council ) , by the (Government-Backed) Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) , Hundreds of vulnerable children under the care of Lambeth Council in South London were subjected to horrendous cruelty and sexual abuse over several decades , on a scale that was Totally Shocking and Impossible to Comprehend. The report found that more than 700 allegations of sexual abuse against hundreds of staff and individuals connected with just a few Care Homes in the borough. The true scale of abuse was likely to be far higher, it said. It additionally said that the Leadership of Lambeth Council had continuously allowed violence and sexual assault to flourish in its children’s residential homes, had failed to act against known abusers, or tackle the brutal, harsh and punitive culture of its homes – with devastating lifelong consequences for many children in its care.

The IICSA report strongly (and repeatedly) criticised the Chief Executive , the Directors , the Councillors and Staff of Lambeth Council together with Senior Police Officers of the London Metropolitan Police Force ; for corruptly allowing abuse to take place. According to the IICSA Report on Lambeth Council : Staff , Councillors and Police Officers jointly presided over a 'Culture of Cover-Up' that led to more than 700 children in South London Care Homes suffering Cruelty and Sexual Abuse, on a Horrendous Scale.

It also discovered that countless abusers were easily able to to infiltrate Lambeth Care Homes and the Lambeth Fostering System: “It is hard to comprehend the cruelty and sexual abuse inflicted on children in the care of Lambeth council over many years, by staff, by foster carers and their families, and by volunteers in residential settings,” the (hard-hitting) report clearly stated.

Although some of the children had been taken into care after suffering violence and neglect at the hands of family members, the report noted that for some the experience they had [in the residential homes] was worse than living at home with their birth families. Lambeth Council repeatedly failed on multiple occasions to protect children, including employing staff who it knew posed a risk to children, failing to investigate employees suspected of sexual abuse, and exposing children to situations where it knew they were at risk of abuse. The effect on many children in Lambeth’s care was devastating, the report also said. Over a period of 40 years , only one senior employee of Lambeth Council was ever disciplined for playing a part in the catalogue of abuse. Six perpetrators of sexual abuse connected to Lambeth homes, some of whom were council employees, were convicted of child sexual abuse between 1994 and 2019. Many Members of Staff in Lambeth children’s homes were also found to have demonstrated a callous disregard for the vulnerable children they were paid to look after. Most of them repeatedly failed to act when they knew about sexual abuse, and many showed very little compassion for the very young victims.

“It was as if staff had deliberately intended to create a harsh and punitive environment,” the IICSA report furthermore noted , as it was also critical of the Children’s Services Inspectorate, Ofsted, and its predecessors, for failing to to do enough to identify the serious failures in services and staff practices. The London Metropolitan Police Force was also blamed too , for failing to properly investigate links between offenders identified in separate criminal investigations. IICSA has additionally recommended the Metropolitan Police investigate the case of one child, known as LA-A2, who was found dead in a bathroom in one of the homes, Shirley Oaks, in 1977. The report also shockingly found Lambeth Council had deliberately failed to honestly inform the Coroner that he had alleged that the dead Child was sexually abused by a Lambeth Council Staff Member in the very same area where his body was found.

The IICSA Report additionally found that Racism was predominantly evident in the Hostile and Abusive Treatment towards Children by many of the Staff at Lambeth Council Care Homes. It unsurprisingly noted that the overwhelming majority of Children in its Lambeth Care Homes were Black (from Ethnic Minority Communities). At Shirley Oaks , in 1980 , 57% of the children in care were black; at South Vale home children a decade later 85% of the children were also Black.

The Chairperson of the IICSA, Professor Alexis Jay, said the children in care were pawns in a “Toxic Power Game” within Lambeth Council in the 1980s and 90s, which was characterised over many years by Bullying, Racism, Nepotism and Sexism, against a dangerous backdrop of Political Chaos, Corruption and Financial Mismanagement (etc). She further added that : “This all contributed to allowing children in their care to suffer the most horrendous sexual abuse, with just one senior council employee ever being disciplined for their part in it. We hope this report and our recommendations will ensure abuse on this scale never happens again.”

John O’Brien, the Chief Secretary to the IICSA , said this report was the worst of the 15 issued by IISCA to date. He told the PA News Agency that : “It didn’t matter which corner you look in here, you found a failure or a number of failures. It’s the only report where, reading through it, I’ve had to put it down at regular intervals because what it’s describing is just unrelenting. Everything you read just made you think: I know when I turn the next page I am just going to read another story of something not happening. People were in here and saw no way the environment they existed in was ever going to change.”

When children reported their concerns or complaints at the time, they were routinely disbelieved (and severely punished) by the Leadership of Lambeth Council. As a direct consequence of this , individuals who posed a risk to children were able to infiltrate children's homes and foster care, with devastating, life-long consequences for their victims.

The IICSA also called on the London Metropolitan Police to consider a Criminal Investigation into why allegations of sexual abuse made by a boy, later found dead at the Shirley Oaks care home, were not passed on to the Investigating Coroner by Lambeth Council in 1977.

Shirley Oaks Care Home Complex and South Vale Care Home (in Lambeth) were additionally found to have been brutal places where violence and sexual assault were continuously allowed to flourish. Another Lambeth Care Home, at Angell Road, "systematically exposed children (including those under the age of five years) to sexual abuse," the report also said.

Other Lambeth Care Homes at Ivy House and Monkton Street also had their own fair share of failings , too.

Lambeth Council has unreservedly apologised and said it fully accepted the recommendations of the report. The inquiry into Lambeth Council, held in the summer of 2020, primarily examined five (Lambeth Council) Care Home Facilities - Angell Road, South Vale Assessment Centre, the Shirley Oaks complex, Ivy House and Monkton Street, dating back to the 1960s.

Furthermore , a former Lambeth Council Leader has said the Authority had "clearly failed" ; and that she herself should have done better about the abuse.

The London Metropolitan Police has also publicly apologised for it's utterly alarming failures.

The IICSA Inquiry examined five homes - Angell Road, South Vale Assessment Centre, the Shirley Oaks Complex, Ivy House and Monkton Street. The Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report also noted (among numerous other findings) that : "With some exceptions, they [Lambeth Council Staff] treated children in care as if they were worthless. Lambeth Council Staff put vulnerable children in the path of sex offenders, who infiltrated children’s homes and foster care, with devastating, life-long consequences for their victims. Employees in the South London borough of Lambeth generally treated children in care as if they were totally worthless and appeared to demonstrate a callous disregard for the vulnerable children they were paid to look after”.

Evidence was heard of children being raped, indecently assaulted and sexually abused. The report estimated that the number of those abused was likely to e far much higher ; and the IICSA also recommended that the London Metropolitan Police should also consider whether there were grounds for a criminal investigation into one boy who died in a care home in 1977, having previously complained of being abused by a senior member of staff.

However a directly affected Member of Staff at the Government of Cayman Islands is not really convinced by the Raft of Public Apologies from Lambeth Council.

The Staff Member actually had heard quite a few stories about lots of Caribbean Children who were historically abused as Children , in Lambeth Council Care Homes.

"How Can Lambeth Council really be sorry for it's Child Abuse Scandals - most especially when an accused Abuser , who is a Top (British) Cayman Islands Judge, is still earning £300000 per year from the very same Lambeth Council , in addition to another £200000 per year from the purse of the Caymanian Judiciary ? " , the Caymanian Civil Servant angrily queried , amidst tears. " A lot of Caymanian Children were severely abused in these Lambeth Council Care Homes , and the current Cayman Islands Government still has a lot to answer for , in this Scandal".

CONTACT DETAILS :

The IICSA Caribbean Monitoring Group for Lambeth


Brixton Hill

London

SW2

UK

Those who wish to Phone the IICSA can do so via:

+44 800 917 1000

Those who wish to email the IICSA can do so via:

contact@iicsa.org.uk

ABOUT THE IICSA :

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is a Government-Backed (Investigative) Panel of the United Kingdom (UK).

Those who wish to read the (Published) IICSA Report into Lambeth Council (Care Homes) can easily do so via:

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/publications/investigation/lambeth-council

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