Thursday, 14 July 2016

A lifetime`s work for an apology: the care system in the UK

"The Church of England has offered a "whole-hearted apology" to hundreds of emotionally disturbed adolescent girls placed at a church-run children’s home where residents were drugged, locked up and physically and sexually abused over a 20-year period."

"A review published on Wednesday presented "harrowing" findings about Kendall House, in Gravesend. It found vulnerable teenagers were over-medicated on psychotropic drugs and tranquillisers to control them, locked in isolation rooms sometimes for days, and in some cases raped, during the 1960s, 70s and 80s."

"Evidence showed the home was `on the whole, toxic and destructive to the girls placed there`, the report concluded."

"Warnings about behaviour at the home, run by the dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury, went unheeded for decades, and the church’s initial response was `woeful and inadequate`, said Prof Sue Proctor, who led the review and wrote the report."


Teresa Cooper has been one of the great champions who was looking for justice . She wrote the book Pin Down which was changed to Trust No-one, outlining the drugging and abuse she and others had suffered at Kendall House.

Disgustingly, it has been reported that when Teresa Cooper confronted Eric Pickles for his lack of engagement, he told her to adjust her medication.

1 comment:

  1. An investigation by BBC Radio 4's Today programme in 2009 claimed that teenagers at the Kendall House home in Gravesend were restrained with huge doses of tranquillisers and other drugs.
    Eric Pickles has come under fire for telling an alleged abuse victim to "adjust your medication" when she accused him of failing to help her.

    Teresa Cooper is one of a number of women who say they were heavily sedated in a care home as teenagers and went on to have children with birth defects.

    She confronted the communities secretary at an event in Essex claiming he had "ignored" her case.