Hollyshaw House Childrens Home and Southwark Child Abuse

Southwark Council have recently released one 100+ page Report into Hollyshaws House, and some relevant minutes but say that they have been unable to locate another report.

Released are

  • 1986 Oct 24 London Borough of Southwark Minutes of Social Services Meeting [1c] 
  • 1986 Jul London Borough of Southwark Report of an Independent Inquiry [into Hollyshaw House and limited other aspects of Southwark SS] wdtk [1d] wordpress [17]

Not released was another report, which was, I think, the one rewritten as a cover up by John Briggs, Social Services Director.

Hollyshaws House was a childrens home for about 16 children near Tunbridge, Kent but was run by Southwark Council. It was shut in Nov 1984

The Freedom of Information Request is here [1a]

Later in this post are

  • 1986 Oct 24 London Borough of Southwark Minutes of Social Services Meeting [1c] 
  • First 5 pages of the 1986 Jul London Borough of Southwark Report of an Independent Inquiry [into Hollyshaw House and other aspects of Southwark SS] [1d] or on wordpress [17]
  • Times article [14] 1985 May 9 Times Nicholas Timmins Children in care “had sex”
  • Times article [15] 1985 Jun 17 Times Richard Evans Nick Timmins DHSS to investigate “mismanagement” at council homes

Southwark

I do not have time to do an in depth article on Southwark or even on Hollyshaw House.

Survivors, whistleblowers and others need to come together to form a Southwark Survivors group

  • Find other survivors, whistleblowers, social workers, ancillary workers etc
  • Help support each other and find healing
  • Help each other get legal help if necessary
  • Apply for own social care records (Subject access request under Data Protection Act)
  • Tell their own stories and record that in some form
  • Read and become familiar with all the information that is published, and arrange it in a timeline, so that things become clearer as to what happened and when
  • Apply for more information uner FOI that is signposted in the available information
  • Cross reference above information with how the authorities were meant to treat you by their own rules
  • Write a report or get a report written

During this process the authorities will start to have to take notice of you, but it will only be by having strength together that action will occur.

Survivors in other areas are further ahead in the process

  • Shirley Oaks, Lambeth have and they have already produced one report, see summary,  Looking for a Place Called Home – Report of Shirley Oaks Survivors [16] and a website Shirley Oaks Survivors Association [11]
  • Islington survivors have a website, Islington Survivors Network [10]

Information is available about Southwark and child abuse from

Spotlight on Abuse Category Southwark [4] Newspaper articles

Operation Greenlight Southwark – written section  [9]

Operation Greenlight Hollyshaw House – the brain [5]

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Operation Greenlight Southwark – the brain  [6]

southwarkCathy Fox Southwark [8]

Other sources not mentioned could be Local Libraries, National Archives, British Museum, Council, specialised newspaper archives, Hansard, House of Commons and house fo Lords Libraries, Social Services Inspectorate

Please feel free to comment below this post. Some peopel also wich to contact others about Hollyshaw or S0uthwark.

Can anyone develop an app for survivors to meet fellow survivors?

1986 Jul London Borough of Southwark Report of an Independent Inquiry [into Hollyshaw House and limited other aspects of Southwark SS] [1d]

  • Chair – Timothy RGF  Ryland (Barrister)
  • Admin – Geoffrey S Dunn (ex Director of Social Services)
  • Brian Blackler (Solicitor)

The first 5 pages are here and the rest of the hundred odd pages are here on a pdf download [1d]

I have not had time to read the whole report properly and any summary would be gratefully received.

It is interesting to note that the terms of reference were changed and it would be interesting to see what the original terms were.

It was certainly thought to be a cover up by the press as

  • the panel members not told about “child on child” sexual abuse that was known about
  • the main report was rewritten by (the by soon ex) Social Services Director John Briggs

It is not wholly clear to me whether this report is the rewritten one or the original, and I will try and read more after publication of this post, but may not have time, so so views welcome in comments.

It should also be noted that abusers in “child on child” sexual abuse have often been sexually abused themselves. This is confirmed by the Shirley Oaks Report  [16]

Redaction

  • The Report is redacted.
  • It appears overly redacted and many names that I judge should be in are redacted.
  • This is in line with an overcautious approach taken about the Data Protection Act even in regard to officers of the council in an official position and in reports already published and / or given to the media.
  • I have not yet seen any explanations of the redaction, which if so would be against the FOI act
  • The redactions are labelled so that at least it can be understood which are the same individuals on each occasion. This should be done under the FOI Act, but often is not
  • I would guess initially that John Briggs is A1
  • I have complained about the redaction after further study, see Appendix 1

The first 5 pages are here and the rest of the hundred odd pages are here on a pdf download [1d]

southwarkreport1 southwarkreport2 southwarkreport3 southwarkreport4 southwarkreport5 southwarkreport6

Minutes of Meeting of Southwark Social Services Committee  24 Oct 1986

Councillors – Tony Goss (Chair) Marjorie Henriques, Anne Matthews, Pat Morgan, Linda Oram, Tony Ritchie, Winston Stafford, Pat Sullivan, Andy Troke

Other -Peter Coast, Fred Haynes, Staffside reps

It appears that a working party was set up of 3 councillors, that was to report back in 8 week – that will be useful information to have

southwarkminutes1 southwarkminutes2 southwarkminutes3 southwarkminutes4

Times articles on Hollyshaw House, Southwark

These, I think have not  published elsewhere recently [HT M]

1985 May 9 Times Nicholas Timmins Children in care “had sex” [14]

hollyshaw01hollyshaw02 hollyshaw03

David Barnes, Social Services Director Southwark

1985 Jun 17 Times Richard Evans Nick Timmins DHSS to investigate “mismanagement” at council homes [15] 

Read left column all the way down, then right column all the way down

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

Appendix 1 Redaction

Redaction appears excessive, exemptions not explained, see oservations below that have been made to Southwark

southwarkreport9

  • FOI Complaint re redaction [1f]
  • Thank you for your response to my FOI (ref: 696842)Unfortunately I cannot see any explanation of the redaction as required by the FOI Act.

    The situation was complicated by the use of Egress switch

    (The owners for the WDTK site had to access the files that you sent by Egress switch as I could not do so, and they consider the use of this method unhelpful see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s…. Please do not send any further answers by this method, if there is a technical problem please contact the site)

    If you sent the reasons for redaction and explanations please could you do so again, and if you did not please send them for the first time.

    There appear to be no exemptions given for each redaction and it is not clear what the difference between A B D etc is or what type of person/body the letters differentiate between.

    The ICO guidelines state
    “Give an indication of how much text you have redacted and where from. If possible, indicate which sections you removed using which exemption.
    Provide as much meaningful information as possible. For example, when redacting names you may still be able to give an indication of the person’s role, or which pieces of correspondence came from the same person.
    As far as possible, ensure that what you provide makes sense. If you have redacted so much that the document is unreadable, consider what else you can do to make the information understandable and useful for the requester.”

    https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui..

  • 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.
  • One in Four [C]
  • 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
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]

Links

[1a] 2016 Sept 17 FOI request Southwark, Hollyshaw Childrens Homes Reports into Child Sexual Abuse https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/southwark_hollyshaw_childrens_ho#outgoing-580197

[1b] FOI Council Answer https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/southwark_hollyshaw_childrens_ho#incoming-880891

Please could you send me the two reports into mentioned in this article by the South London Press Oct 24 1986 [2a] [2b]

1. The Report into child sexual abuse at Hollyshaw Childrens Home

Please find attached the requested report.

2. The Report censored by Social Services Director John Briggs

Having conducted an initial search of our records, we can confirm that we have been unable to locate this report. Therefore, our response is that this report is no longer held by the authority. Please note that we are in the process of making further enquiries with our archives team and will contact you in due course if any further information is located.

Could you also send me the minutes of the Committee that met on Oct 24 1986 that received the report

attached

2. The Report censored by Social Services Director John Briggs

Having conducted an initial search of our records, we can confirm that we have been unable to locate this report. Therefore, our response is that this report is no longer held by the authority. Please note that we are in the process of making further enquiries with our archives team and will contact you in due course if any further information is located.

[1c]  1986 FOI Answer Oct 24 London Borough of Southwark Minutes of Social Services Meeting http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/southwark_hollyshaw_childrens_ho/19861024%20Social%20Services%20Committee%20meeting%20minutes.pdf

[1d] 1986 FOI Answer Jul London Borough of Southwark Report of an Independent Inquiry [into Hollyshaw House and other aspects of Southwark SS] http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/southwark_hollyshaw_childrens_ho/HollyShaw%20Report%20of%20an%20Independent%20Inquiry.pdf

[1e] FOI response with documents in https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/southwark_hollyshaw_childrens_ho#comment-73257

[1f] FOI Complaint re redaction https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/southwark_hollyshaw_childrens_ho#outgoing-623122

[2] 1986 Oct 24 South London Press Gerard Sagar Why – did Social Services hide Report? https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/why-did-social-services-boss-hide-report-24-10-86/

[2a] https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/slp241086a.jpg

[2b] 1986 Oct 24 South London Press Gerard Sagar Why – did Social Services Hide Report? page 2 Kids Home Sex Scandal https://spotlightonabuse.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/slp241086b.jpg

[4] Spotlight Category Southwark https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/category/southwark/

[5] Operation Greenlight Hollyshaw House  https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-4896

[6] Operation Greenlight Southwark https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-30

[7] 2013 Oct 5 FOI https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_inquiry_report_into_grove

[8] Cathy Fox Southwark https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_inquiry_report_into_grove

[9] Operation Greenlight Southwark https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/london/southwark/

[10] Islington Survivors Network http://islingtonsurvivors.co.uk/

[11] Shirley Oaks Survivors Association https://www.shirleyoakssurvivorsassociation.co.uk/

[12] Cathy fox Blog Southwark https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/?s=southwark

[13] What Do they Know https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/search/Southwark%20child%20abuse/all

[14] 1985 May 9 Times Nicholas Timmins Children in care “had sex” via [30] 2017 Feb 8 Cathy Fox Blog Hollyshaw House Childrens Home and Southwark Child Abuse  https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/hollyshaw-house-childrens-home-and-southwark-child-abuse/

[15] 1985 Jun 17 Times Richard Evans Nick Timmins DHSS to investigate “mismanagement” at council homes  via [30] 2017 Feb 8 Cathy Fox Blog Hollyshaw House Childrens Home and Southwark Child Abuse  https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/hollyshaw-house-childrens-home-and-southwark-child-abuse/

[16] 2017 Feb 6 Cathy Fox Blog Looking for a Place Called Home – Report of Shirley Oaks Survivors  https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/looking-for-a-place-called-home-report-of-shirley-oaks-survivors/

[17] 1986 FOI Answer Jul London Borough of Southwark Report of an Independent Inquiry [into Hollyshaw House and other aspects of Southwark SS] hollyshaw-report-of-an-independent-inquiry

[30] 2017 Feb 8 Cathy Fox Blog Hollyshaw House Childrens Home and Southwark Child Abuse  https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/hollyshaw-house-childrens-home-and-southwark-child-abuse/

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

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3 Responses to Hollyshaw House Childrens Home and Southwark Child Abuse

  1. artmanjosephgrech says:

    Did not Southwark send children to Bryn Alyn Homes?

    Trial of Colin Gregg opened Leeds today who I think worked as child care officer Newcastle Children’s department and then Social Services under former Director of Social Services Brian Roycroft.

    There is also a trial scheduled re Sunderland Feb 20th

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  3. Caroline Heperi (Nina) says:

    Hi my name was Carol Yusuf, i am the daughter of shanez (shani) yusuf. I was born to the pregnant teen in 1980. Id love to be in contact with others from Hollyshaw esp Janet Kelly (nee moran) and Robert.

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