Friday, 16 December 2016

Survivors from Shirley Oaks to be compensated

Campaigner Lucia Hinton (left), Lib Peck of Lambeth Council (second left), Shirley Oaks Survivors Association founder Raymond Stevenson (third left), former Shirley Oaks resident Shayne Donnelly (third right), MP for West Norwood Helen Hayes (second right) and MP for Streatham Chuka Umunna (right) pose for a photograph before the report's unveiling today

A council will pay up to £40million compensation to thousands of former residents of a care home where abuse took place on an ‘industrial scale’.

"The biggest payout of its kind was authorised yesterday after an explosive report claimed to have uncovered widespread sexual and physical abuse of at least 700 children over 30 years. Lambeth council took the unprecedented step of agreeing to pay compensation to every former resident, even if they did not suffer abuse."

"Blanket payouts were offered because the council felt that all children were judged to be at risk. Those who suffered abuse will receive larger compensation payments."

"Doctors, teachers, priests, police officers, sports coaches and council workers were part of a 60-strong paedophile ring at the council’s flagship children’s home, Shirley Oaks, the report found...."

"Yesterday’s report claims senior figures at the council covered up multiple assaults allowing staff at the home to carry on ‘abusing in packs’. Football coaches who had links to Chelsea scout Eddie Heath named as a paedophile by former players were also named as paedophiles at the home." 

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