Johnny Go Home Michael Deakin and John Willis Published 1976 ISBN 0 8600 7339 4 Quartet Books and Futura Publications
The book starts with four chapters each dedicated to a different runaway child. Moving stories of where they came from, what they ran away from, where they ended up and what they got up to when they reached London.
When will they meet up I thought? Then the book changes tack. It moves quickly onto Roger Gleaves – the Bishop of Medway. The Bishop is doing a wonderful job. He spends his own time helping young runaways off the streets. He takes the vulnerable children away from the stations at night and looks after them with his Charity and network of hostels.
Once in the hostels, the children get a bed for the night, often get a new identity, with new id card provided.
They soon learn the cost. Many hostels are squats, with cooking facilities and toilets almost non existent. Insufficient food. They need to earn money for probably the first time.
The hostels are full of violence, thieving and prostitution. The Bishop however takes his share like a 1970s Fagin. He gets his money from the Social Security for each the residents. The establishment has bought into the facade of fastidious paperwork, registered Charities Bishops garb. The reality is very different.
The childrens “saviour” wants them for the money he can get for them and for sex. And he is violent. What is the lesser of several evils?
Enraged by a warden leaving with some of his money, Johnnie “Two-Tone” knows where he went. He ends up killed. The killers get life. The Bishop only gets 4 years.
This is “non fiction”. A short and shocking book making you think about children and the homeless.
Over 30,000 children arrive in London each year and end up living and “working” in disgusting conditions, the easy victims of violence, crime and perversion. What are the lessons to be learned? Where are they? Questions still relevant to today.
The book was not the main project. It was an afterthought. It was published a year after the BAFTA award winning 2 hour documentary of the same name. That is the real story of Johnny Go Home. That story is told in Paedophiles around Piccadilly Part 2 -The Johnny Go Home Story 
This book description and others on child sexual abuse can be found Cathy Fox Books on Child Abuse 
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
 Johnny Go Home Book Michael Deakin and John Willis Published 1976 ISBN 0 8600 7339 4 Quartet Books and Futura Publications
 Cathy Fox Books on Child Abuse https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/books-on-child-abuse/
 Paedophilia around Piccadilly Part 2 The Johnny Go Home Story
[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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