Oxendon House Childrens Home Inquiry Report 1994

Oxendon House –  A Case to Answer? Report of the Independent Inquiry Aug 1994 by Brian Roycroft and L A Witham


I have managed to acquire a digital scanned copy of the 1994 Independent Inquiry Report into Oxendon House. I am extremely grateful to the person who provided the Report and thanks to wizards at Operation Greenlight [4] it is now available as a single searchable pdf [1]  and a perhaps not perfect Open Office doc [1b].

Bedfordshire Councils illegally refused to provide me with a copy via FoI [2] [3]

Oxendon House Childrens Home was near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Emma Romer was the Clerk to the Inquiry helped by John Cooper, barrister.

The Report is split into 4 main parts

Contents, Preamble

Part I Introduction and Background

Part II Account of Events at Oxendon May 1993-Feb 1994

Part III Conclusions

Part IV Recommendations

Appendices 1-16

On first skimming of the Report, it appears, as do many of Brian Roycrofts Reports [6], to be a very watered down version and perhaps misleading version of what actually went on.

Any comments on the Report, analysis of the Report or putting it into context would be gratefully received, either on comments at the end of the article or to me on oxendon@cathyfox.33mail.com

Similarly any stories from victims would be gratefully received in confidence on oxendon@cathyfox.33mail.com

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • 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.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area


[1] Oxendon Report (searchable PDF) https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon-report-searchable-pdf.pdf

[1a] Oxendon Report Searchable open office doc  https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon20report20searchable.odt

[1b] Oxendon report (searchable) open office doc https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxendon-report-searchable.odt

[2] 2013 Oct 5 Cathy Fox FOI Request to Bedford Borough Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_of_the_public_inquiry_int_2#incoming-437747

The information you requested is part of the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service, and it will have to be consulted on the premises. If you would like to view this report you will need to visit the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service and ask to view the report. Please ask for Martin Deacon and quote reference CC/Pu4/18. To find out how to visit us please see our website http://www.bedford.gov.uk/archive which gives opening times and a map.

[3] 2013 Oct 5 Cathy Fox Request to Central Bedfordshire Council https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_of_the_public_inquiry_int


[4] Operation Greenlight https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/

[5] Oxendon House –  A Case to Answer ? Report of the Independent Inquiry Aug 1994  Brian Roycroft and L A Witham

[5a] Oxendon House Report Contents, Preamble and Part I pages 1-22 https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxe0top23.pdf

[5b] Oxendon House Report Part 1 pages 23 -end, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Recommendations, Appendices https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/oxep20-end.pdf

[6] Cathy Fox Blog post and reports including Roycroft https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=roycroft

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


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12 Responses to Oxendon House Childrens Home Inquiry Report 1994

  1. brianpead says:

    Hi Cathy, Would you care to try to obtain reports for The Oval, Highfield Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire anytime rom 1950s onwards? It was run by the National Children’s Homes, then part of the Methodist Church I believe before being re-branded Action for Children. Kind regardsBrian Pead07508242101 Sent using Hushma

  2. finolamoss says:

    This is why totalitarian control of care/medical by the state,which has increased big time now for profit, by a huge cabal of all services. LA,NHS, making the public at the state’s mercy, and services enforced by MCA, should not be allowed, as it leads to abuse and cover up.

  3. artmanjosephgrech says:

    On January 2nd 2014 when discussing the role of Brian Roycroft in relation to Newcastle, Bryn Alyn, Calderdale, it was said that the Director of Social Services for Bedfordshire (David Clifton) had not been contacted or interviewed as part of the Inquiry, I had/have no means of knowing if this was true or relevant and the informant has since asked not to be identified. I have no other information concerning this establishment or the Roycroft led investigation. Colin Smart

  4. Dee says:

    I was in there care home for years and left in 1984. I loved it there infact when it was time for me to leave I never wanted to go and staff were great

  5. Anonymous says:

    I was there when I was 15,I’m now 50,my experience wasn’t great with two members of staff,

  6. Scott says:

    Was a resident in about 1982. I enjoyed my stay and didn’t have any bad experiences.

    Would love to know how everyone got on after they left.

    All the best.


  7. Jenny says:

    Hi I was at Oxendon house in the 70s

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