Leicestershire County Council Response to Kirkwood Report about Frank Beck abuse

beck 6exp301191aIn response to a Freedom of Information request [3], Leicestershire County Council have released several documents forming some of  their response in 1993 to the Kirkwood Inquiry Report.  The Council response is available on the Councils publication scheme [1] or download here [2].

The documents released are

the Agenda

and Minutes of Special meeting of Social Services Committee 24 February 1993.

The Report of the Director of Social Services 18 Feb 1993 to summarise the content and main findings of the Kirkwood report and identify key issues arising, to describe current practice and make proposals for necessary action.

Appendix A Press Statement for the Beck Case, Response by Leicestershire County Council

Appendix B Community Homes Regulations Document

Appendix C The Statement and Purpose of Wigston Lane Community Home and List of some Homes run by Leicestershire County Council

Appendix D Policy on Employees acting as “Landlords” to Service users or providing lodging to children being looked after by Local Authority 17.12.91.

After the trial of Frank Beck and Peter Jaynes for child sexual abuse at Leicestershire childrens homes, the Secretary of State for Health announced the establishment of two Inquiries – the Warner Inquiry which examined national selection and appointment of staff in children’s homes and the Kirkwood Inquiry, into Frank Beck and child sexual abuse in some of Leicestershire Children’s Home.

The Warner report “Choosing with Care” was a pivotal report in childcare first published in Dec 1992 and shamefully is still not freely available digitally despite FOI requests to the Department of Health [6] and FOI request to the Department of Education [7].

The Kirkwood Report first published 8th Feb 1993 was digitally released last year can be downloaded here[4], and details and a summary are on cathyfox blogpost [5].

The Council response to the Kirkwood Report came in late February 1993.

A news archive on Leicestershire child abuse  [8] can be found on the Spotlight on Abuse Blog [9]. The newspaper reports on this blog are from the archive which is invaluable.

The Leicestershire page [10] of the Project Greenlight archive holds and collects all information on Child Abuse.  The Home Page [11] gives more information, and it is searchable by name, geographic region or police operation. They collect and publish evidence from mainstream sources. These include press reports, local authority minutes, police operation reports and mainstream news sites. Anyone with a spare half hour can help them.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.  National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.

Links and References

[1] Leicestershire County Council Publication Scheme Response 39 pages to Kirkwood Report  http://axlr8.leicsfoi.org.uk/disclosureLogMonth.asp?npr=1&year_value=2014&month_value=01#rn4931

[2] Leicestershire County Council Response Kirkwood Report download 39 pages  http://axlr8.leicsfoi.org.uk/documents/4931/4931%20Response.pdf

[3] FOI Request https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/council_response_to_kirkwood_rep#incoming-487302

[4] Kirkwood Report Download http://www.leicsfoi.org.uk/documents/4216/The%20Kirkwood%20Inquiry%201992.pdf

[5] cathyfox blog on Kirkwood Report https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/report-kirkwood-a-1993-the-leicestershire-inquiry-1992/

[6] FOI Request Warner Report Dept Health https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/warner_reprot_1992#incoming-415606

[7] FOI Request Warner Report Dept Education https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/warner_report#incoming-423624

[8] Leicester  News Archive Spotlight http://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/category/leicestershire-frank-beck/

[9] Spotlight on Abuse Blog  http://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/

[10] Leicester News Archive Project Greenlight http://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/east-midlands/leicestershire/

[11] Project Greenlight Home Page http://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/

[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/

[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/

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This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email cathyfox@bigfoot.com

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