PLACES OF SAFETY

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Contained in the following alphabetical list are Children’s Homes and Institutions that some people may be familiar with.

All these ‘places of safety’ are institutions where allegations of child abuse have been made.

Any Government department and local authority associated with any of these places, are forever damned for allowing the abuse of children in care to continue uninterrupted for decades.

I have drawn these names from many sources, including blogs, official databases and from the shark infested waters of Solicitors Websites.

I cannot take the credit for the ‘discovery’ of all of these names as many people are working towards the same goal of bringing to the fore the massive scale of child abuse that has always existed in the shadowy world of establishment care.

This is by no means complete, and if there is a residential home or institution that is not listed here please feel free to contact me so I can add them.

369 Romford Road, Newham, London.
Abergele Children’s Home, Trowbridge, Cardiff.
Addlestrop Park School, Gloucestershire.
Adele Road, Children’s Home, Lambeth, London.
Ainsty Lodge, Leeds.
Alder House, Manchester.
Alder Worsley Hall, Derby.
Alderwood Children’s Home, Worsley.
Alice Briggs Children’s Home.
Angel Road, Lambeth, London.
Appleton House, Chester.
Ampleforth College (Prep School, 8 to 13 years).
Argyle Manor, Ealing.
Arlene Hall, Llandudno.
Arrow Project, Cumbria.
Arrowe Park Hospital.
Ashbank House, York.
Atherton Old Hall.
Avenham Road Children’s Homes.
Axwell Park.
Aycliff School.
Badgeworth Court School.
Ballgores Children’s Home.
Banham Marshall College, Norfolk.
Barrows Green, Kendall, Cumbria.
Barwick House School.
Bathurst House, Thornbury.
Belmont, Stockport.
Braybrook Children’s Home, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton.
Beam College, Bideford, Devon.
Beechmount Children’s Home, Bowden, Altrincham.
Beechwood Assessment Centre.
Berrow Wood Approved School, Gloucestershire.
Bersham Hall Children’s Home, Wrexham, North Wales.
Besford Court (House), Shrewsbury (also known as Croome Court).
Blackbrook House, St Helens, Merseyside.
Blackburn & District Children’s Home, Blackburn.
Blackburn House, Blackburn, Lancashire.
Bladon House, Burton-On-Trent.
Blaise Primary School, Henbry, Bristol.
Bournbrook, Bournbrook Road, Birmingham.
Bourne Place Boarding School, Kent.
Box Lane Assessment Centre, North Wales.
Boyles Court Assessment Centre, Brentwood, Essex.
Bracken House, Merseyside.
Bramfield House Approved School, Suffolk.
Bramhurst Home, Hampstead, London.
Briers Hey Community School, Liverpool.
Brine House Children’s Home, Nantwich, Cheshire.
Broadmoor Hospital, Berkshire.
Brook College.
Brookside School, Shropshire.
Brooke House, Gloucestershire.
Broome House, Manchester.
Broughton Towers, Cumbria.
Brownlow’s Children’s Home, Enfield.
Brunthwaithe/Brunthwaith School, Horwich, Bolton.
Bryn Alyn, Wrexham.
Bryn Estyn, Wrexham.
Bryn Tirion Children’s Home, North Wales.
Bryn-Y-Don, Dinas Powys, Glamorgan, South Wales.
Buckfast Abbey School.
Buglawton Hall, Congleton.
Burley-in-Wharfdale Assessment Centre, Yorkshire.
Bylands, Hampshire.
Caldecott Community, Ashford in Kent.
Caldicott Prep School, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire.
Caldwell Hall, Derbyshire.
Cambrian House (also known as Burford House), Manchester.
Cardinal Vaughn Memorial School, London.
Cartref Bontnewydd, North Wales.
Cartref Melys, North Wales.
Castle School, (for maladjusted boys) Todmorden.
Castle Hill, Harrow, Middlesex.
Castle Hill School, Ludlow, Shropshire.
Castle Howard Community School, Nr Hull.
Cecily Houghton School, Westwood Manor, Westley Rocks.
Chadswell Assessment Centre, Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Chafford Community School, Harwich, Essex.
Chaigeley Hall, Thelwall.
Cherry Hill Community Home, Borras Park Road, Wrexham, North Wales.
Cherry Orchard Children’s Home, Leicester.
Chesapake, Derby.
Chestnut Close Children’s Home, Whiston.
Chevet Hey, Shropshire.
Cheyworth Community Home/School
Cicely Haughton Special School.
Christ The King Church.
Church Army.
Cicely Haughton.
Claremount Children’s Home, Oldham, Manchester. (Demolished)
Clarence House, Formby, Merseyside.
Clavering House, Blaydon, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
The Close Children’s Home, Northallerton.
Clwyd Hall, North Wales.
Cockett House, Cockett, Swansea, South Wales.
Coed Glas, Monmouthshire.
Coppets Road Children’s Home, Haringey, London.
Cotsbrook Hall, Shifnal, Telford, Shropshire.
Conewood Street, Children’s Home, Islington, London.
Copleston High School, Ipswich, Suffolk.
Court Lees Approved School, Godstone, Surrey.
Coxwell Community Home.
Cribden House School, Rawtenstall.
Crick House, Crickhowell, Monmouthshire.
Crosslands, Cardiff.
Crowthorn School, Edgeworth, near Bolton.
Cruckton Hall, Shrewsbury.
Daker House, Rockferry, Wirral.
Danesford Hall, Congleton, Cheshire.
Daw End School, Walsall, West Midlands.
Dean Grange Preparatory School.
Derwent House & Poplar House, Lancashire.
Dewey Avenue, Liverpool.
Dobroyd Castle School, West Yorkshire.
Dorset Wharf, Hammersmith, London.
Downcell Road Children’s Home, Worcester.
Dr. Barnardo’s Home, Newton Abbey, Belfast.
Dr. Garrett Memorial Home, Conwy, North Wales.
Drayton Manor, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Dromenagh School, Buckinghamshire.
Druids Heath, West Midlands.
Duncroft House Approved School For Girls, Surrey.
Dyke Nook, Accrington, Lancashire.
Dyson Hall Secure Unit, Fazakerley, Liverpool.
Eastwood Park Detention Centre, Fairfield, Gloucester.
Ellingdon School, Bretton, Peterborough.
Elmhurst, Derby.
Elmtree Farm, Stockton on Tees.
Elwood Street Children’s Home, Islington.
Eton Lodge Community Home, Liverpool.
Fairfield Children’s Home, Liverpool.
Fairhaven Children’s Home.
Family Group Homes, Beswick, Manchester.
Family Group Home No. 58, Northenden, Manchester.
Family Group Home, 118 Cathedral Road, Cardiff.
Farndale Road (Sunderland and Newcastle)
Fernwood House (Sunderland and Newcastle)
Father Hudson Children’s Home, Warwickshire.
Faversham School, Northumbria.
Fazakerley Cottage Homes, Liverpool.
Feversham Special School, Newcastle.
Field House School, Harpendon, Herts.
Forde Park School, Devon.
Fortescue House(also known as Arethusa), West London.
Four Elms, Stoneham, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Foston Hall, Derbyshire.
Foxholes, Rochdale.
Franklin Boarding School, Bristol.
Frant Court Children’s Home, East Sussex.
Freighton Children’s Home, Maidenhead.
Fylde School, Lancashire.
Garth House, Ribbleton, Preston.
Garth Olwg, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, South Wales.
Gatewen Hall, Wrexham, North Wales.
Glamorgan Farm School, Cimla, Neath, West Glamorgan. *Demolished*
Glendale Children’s Home, Leyland, Lancashire.
Gleneagles, Hull.
Glen House Secure Unit, Southampton.
Gloucester Way (Sunderland & Newcastle)
Gorse Place Children’s Home, Fairwater, Cardiff.
Grafton House Children’s Home, Barnes, London.
Gravestone Road, Greenwich, Middlesex.
Green Lanes, Greenwich, Middlesex.
Greensteads Children’s Home, Nr Chelmsford, Essex.
Grey Gables Children’s Home, Surrey.
Greystone Heath School, Warrington, Cheshire.
The Grange, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Greavelands, Kent.
Hallesley Boys School, Sale.
Hardman Fold Children’s Home, Failsworth.
Harlington Comprehensive School.
Harlow Green, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Harris Orphanage (also known as Harris Home), Preston.
Hartborne Walk (Sunderland and Newcastle)
Harvest Lodge.
Haslar Detention Centre.
Haslingdon High School, Lancashire.
Headlands School, Penarth, Glamorgan.
Heath Brae, Congleton, Cheshire.
Hendry House, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Heysham, Branchill, Hampstead, London
Highams Hall, Windlesham, Surrey.
Hillcrest/Daisycrest, Rossendale.
Hindley Borstal.
HMYOI Ashfield, Bristol.
Hobbs Hill Wood Junior School, Hemel Hempstead.
Hollins High School, Haslingdon.
Hollycroft Children’s Home, Nr Clelmsford, Essex.
Hollymount Convent.
Holmwood, Hartlepool.
Hopewall Hall, Buxton, Derbyshire.
Homlea, Boothstown.
House ‘O The Trees, Penygraig, Glamorgan.
Howsham Hall School.
Hutton Poplars Childrens Home, Brentwood, Essex.
Igston House, Newton Abbott, Devon.
Inchape Drive Home, Manchester.
Ingledene Home, Manchester.
Ingmanthorpe Hall, Wetherby.
John Kane Children’s Home, Thornhill, Cardiff.
Jordan’s Brook House, Gloucester.
Kendal House, Wandsworth, London.
Kennelwood Home, Liverpool.
Kepples View, Rotherham.
Kerlaw Secure Unit, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Kernsey House, Kent.
Kesgrave Hall.
Kilrie Children’s Home, Knutsford.
King William’s Church of England Primary School, St William’s Road, Swindon.
Kingswood Assessment Centre, Bristol.
Kingswood School, Surrey.
Kingswood Secure Unit and Classifying School, Bristol.
Kinloss School.
Kinton Community School, Surrey County Council.
Kirklevington.
Kitchener House, Haringey, London.
Kneesworth House School, Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.
Knotley Hall Approved School, Tonbridge, Kent.
Knowl View, Rochdale, Lancashire.
Lancaster More Children’s Hospital Unit.
Langdon House Psychiatric Hospital. (Privately Owned) Now Closed.
Larches Children’s Home, Preston.
Let Us Play, Wolverhampton.
Linton House, Leeds.
Linton Residential School, Grassington.
Little Island Community Care Home, Tewkesbury.
Little Ted’s Nursery, Plymouth, Devon.
Livingstone Drive Admission Unit, Aigburth, Liverpool.
Llwyncelwyn Remand School (now Llwyncelwyn Community), Swansea, South Wales.
Longdon Hall.
Longhurst School, Morpeth, Northumberland.
Longwood, Broome Lane, Salford.
Longwood Home, St Lesmo Road, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire.
Lostock Open Air School, Horwich.
Lower Lee, Liverpool.
Loxley Hall Boarding School, Uttoxeter.
Lynwood, Holme Road, Didsbury, Manchester.
Malvern House, Preston, Lancashire.
Manor Heath, Bury New Road, Salford.
Martin Avenue Children’s Home.
Marfords, Bromborough.
Martons Camp, Bunbury, Cheshire.
Meadowcroft, Preston, Lancashire.
Medomsley Detention Centre, (Operated by the Home Office) County Durham.
Menlove Avenue Assessment Centre (Wooton Vale), Liverpool.
Middleton Hall Children’s Home, Birmingham.
Middlewood Home.
Midfield Observation & Assessment Centre, Oakington, Canbridgeshire.
Millhouse Children’s Home, Carlisle, Cumbria.
Milverton Court.
Minster Lodge Children’s Home, Ormskirk.
MKH Secure Unit, Greenwich, London.
Mobberley Boys Home.
Moore House, Middlesex.
Moorfield Care Home, Swinton.
Moorfields Children’s Home.
Moorland House Lower Unit, Bradford, Yorkshire.
Mossfield Children’s Home, Liverpool.
Mostyn House School, Parkgate, South Wirral.
Mount Road, Children’s Home, London.
Muntham House School, Horsham.
Nash Court, Ludlow.
Nazareth House, Kilmarnock, Scotland.
Nazareth House, Newcastle.
Nazareth Lodge, Ravenhill Road, Belfast.
Needleswood Assessment Centre, Barnsley, Yorkshire.
Netherhays, Croydon.
Netherton House, East Kilbride, Scotland.
Netherton Park.
Newheys Assessment Centre, Liverpool.
Newhomes, Withington, Manchester.
Newton Aycliff Home, County Durham.
Newton Hall, Frodsham.
Norman Grove, London.
North Field, Moor Lane, Salford.
Northern Ireland Redress Cases.
Northenden Road Home, Manchester.
Norwood Children’s Home, London.
Notton House School for Boys, Bristol.
Nugent House School, Billinge, Lancashire.
Oak Hall Boarding School, West London.
Oaklands Children’s Home, Leigh, Lancashire.
Oakmore School, near Botley, Southampton.
Oaktree Clinic (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) Knaphill, Woking, Surrey.
Oakwood School for Boys, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Orchard Lodge, Anerley, London.
Ormby Scouts/Scout Association.
Othona (formerly St Thomas Moore’s).
Our Ladies Convent, Greenfield.
Oxley Park School, Essex.
Paduan House/Arden House, Liverpool.
Park House Children’s Home, Eccles.
Park House Children’s Home, Prestatyn, Clwyd.
Parkfield Children’s Home.
Penhill Assessment Centre, Pontcanna, Cardiff.
Penshore House, near Sunderland.
Pentre Saeson Children’s Home, North Wales.
Pilgrim’s Wood, Surrey.
Pipewood Boarding School, Staffordshire.
Pontville School, Ormskirk.
Portland Young Offenders Institute, Weymouth, Dorset.
Presylfa Children’s Home, Bridgend, Glamorgan.
Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire.
Prior Park School, Crickdale.
Priors Hill, Macclesfield.
Pilkington House Children’s Home, Bury, Lancashire.
Pinkwell Primary School.
Pitt House Children’s Home, Chudleigh, Devon.
Polebrook House, Leicestershire.
Poplar Bank Home, Huyton, Merseyside.
Poplars Children’s Home, Bury/Wigan, North Manchester.
Quarry Mount, Ormskirk.
Radcliffe Road, Leicester.
Rainsbrook Secure Unit.
Rampton Hospital, Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Ratcliffe Road Children’s Home, Leicester.
Red Bank School.
Red House, Norwich.
Redhouse Crescent, Longton, Stoke on Trent.
Redsands, Northwich.
Redwalls, Sandleway, Northwich.
Repton Lodge.
Reynolds House, Kent.
Rheanfa, Glamorgan, South Wales.
Risley Remand Centre, Warrington, Cheshire.
River House Boarding School, Henley in Arden.
Riverside Assessment Centre, Salisbury.
Riverside House Community School, Staffordshire.
Rochester Borstal, Kent.
Rosebank, Lymm.
Rosehill, Manchester.
Rosehill, Market Harborough.
Rotherwood Children’s Home, Staffordshire.
Royal Philanthropic School, Redhill, Surrey.
Royd Edge School, Meltham, West Yorkshire.
Rubane House, Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland.
Rydal School, Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
Saltwells Children’s Home, Dudley.
Sandon Lidge Children’s Home, Loncolnshire.
Sandyville Road Children’s Home, Manchester.
Scawby Grove, North Yorkshire.
Sedbury Park Care Centre, Gloucestershire.
Seymour Road School.
Shadwell House, Leeds.
Shenley Fields Cottage Home.
Shirecliffe, Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Silbury Children’s Home, Bristol.
Silverbrook, Pontypridd, South Wales.
Sisters of Charity, St Mary’s Convent, Walthamstow.
Skircoat Lodge, Halifax, Yorkshire.
Sleford Secure Unit.
Southlands School, Hampshire.
Southvale Assessment Centre, West Norwood, Lambeth, London.
South Wolds Special School, Etton, near Beverley.
Southwood, Salford.
Spalding Children’s Home, Lincolnshire.
Springfield Care Home, Bradford.
Springfield Residential School, Wiltshire.
Springhill School, Rippon.
Spurgeons Boys Home, Bedfordshire.
Spyways School.
St Aiden’s, Widnes.
St Aidan’s Youth Centre, Manchester.
St Bede’s School, Stockton.
St Benedicts Approved School, Reading.
St Edmunds, Bebbington.
St Francesca Cabrini Roman Catholic Primary School, London.
St Francis Boy’s Home, Sefford, Bedfordshire.
St George’s, Finborough.
St George’s Approved School, Southport. (Name changed to Clarence House in 1985).
St Gilbert’s, Hartleby, Kidderminster.
St Ignatius School, Manchester.
St James Avenue, Hampton Hill, Middlesex.
St John’s Home, Erdington, Birmingham.
St John’s Young Offenders Institute, Northampton.
St Joseph’s Approved School, Nantwich, Cheshire.
St Joseph’s, Derbyshire.
St Leonard’s Children’s Home, Hornchurch, Essex.
St Margaret’s Home, Dr Barnardos House, Aldwich, Bognor Regis.
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Cleator Moor, Cumbria.
St Michaels House, Staffordshire.
St Ninain’s List D School, Gartmore, Stirlingshire.
St Peters, County Durham.
St Thomas Moore’s Freshfield, near Formby.
St Vincents, Dartford, Kent.
St Williams Childrens Home, Market Weighton, East Yorksire.
Stamford House Secure Unit, London.
Stinsford School, Dorchester, Dorset.
Stockgrove Park School, Leighton Buzzard.
Stockton Hall, near York.
Stonecross School, Cumbria.
Stoneham Children’s Home, Cheltenham, Glouester.
Stony Dean School, Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
Stowmarket Middle School Concert Band, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Strathwaite Gill School, near Kendal in Cumbria.
Strawberry Fields, Liverpool.
Stubton Hall School, Lincolnshire.
Style Cottage Homes, Style.
Suffolk House, (Girls) Pontcanna, Cardiff.
Sully Assessment Centre, Sully, South Wales
Summershill Boys Hostel, Didsbury, Manchester.
Summerville, Manchester.
Sutton Place Secure Unit, Hull.
Swaycliffe Park School, Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Swaylands School, Kent.
Sydney House, Liverpool.
Taff Vale, Cardiff.
Tanllwyfan, North Wales.
Taxal Edge Convalescent Home, Derbyshire.
Templefields House.
Teddinton Park Road, Teddinton, Middlesex.
Tennal House, Birmingham.
Tennal Assessment Centre, Birmingham.
Ternhall Road Children’s Home, Liverpool.
Ternwood House, Newcastle.
The Ark, Buckinghamshire.
The Beeches Children’s Home, Leicester Forest East.
The Grange, Woking, Surrey.
The Grove, Bromsgrove.
The Lyons Children’s Home, Middlewich, Cheshire.
The Old Mill House.
The Old Rectory School, Kent.
The Pines, Worcester.
The Poplars Children’s Home, Market Harborough.
The Solar Centre.
Thinwall Hall, Broad Green, Liverpool.
Thorpe Arch Grange Children’s Home, Leeds, Yorkshire.
Throxonby Hall, Scarborough.
Todwick Grange, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Tong Park Children’s Home/Assessment Centre, Bradford.
Trafford Drive Children’s Home, Greater Manchester.
Trent College, Nottingham.
Trowbridge House, London.
Troy Boarding School, Monmouth, South Wales.
Ty’r Felin, Bangor, North Wales.
Ty Mawr Approved School, Gilwern, Abergavenny, South Wales.
Underly Garden School, Kirkby Lonsdale.
Underly Hall, South Cumbria.
Uplands, Birmingham.
Vernon Home School, Canterbury.
Walton Village Admission Unit, Liverpool.
Warleigh Manor Boarding School, Bath, Avon.
Washington Hall, Washington, Tyne & Wear.
Wellesley Nautical School.
Wellfield House, Harrogate, Yorkshire.
Wennington Hall, Lancaster.
Wentworth House, Slough, Berkshire.
Wessington Court School, Hereford.
Westfield Assessment Centre.
Westwood Grange, Leeds.
William Henry Smith School, Brighouse, Yorkshire.
Wilkinson House, Blackburn.
Wilsick Hall Boarding School.
Wimbrick Hey, Wirral.
Windlestone Hall, Country Durham.
Woodend Assessment Centre, Atherton, Manchester.
Werrington Hall, Uttoxeter.
Wimbrick Hey, Wirral.
Woodlands Children’s Home, Bolton.
Witherslack Hall, Grange Over Sands.
Woodlands Assessment Centre, Leicester.
Woodstock Road (Sunderland & Newcastle).
Ystrad Hall, Llangollen.

69 comments on “PLACES OF SAFETY

  1. Are these all homes where young people have been abused??
    If so it seems that the homes were no abuse took place are in the minority, how can this be, the scale is phenomenal.
    The one home that i was not abused at was boverton family group home llantwit major south wales, thats not saying that it was a good home as all homes seem to have a resident bully.
    Is there anything that us mere mortals can do? as i think the problem has gotten worse because of all the cover-ups, you only have to look at the news and there seems to be grooming gang after grooming gang, always the same story, get victims from kids homes no one will believe them if they do tell.
    there has to be something we can do
    Andy

    • All places where abuse has been reported as far as I am aware Andy. I am relying on other people for the information and more details are being found all the time.

      The only thing we seem to be able to do is to keep it in view, by not letting it drop. There are too many important and powerful people who could lose everything if the whole story came out…

      It pays them to keep it hidden by denying it, discrediting any witnesses and generally using every method available to them to cover it up..

      • Thankyou to all who commit to not allowing these stories to be buried, like they tried in jersey too, like the children, buried , murdered, it is such horror, many have turned away, many didn,t want to believe, we,d rather believe that ‘care homes’ are full of mary poppins types,,,,,thank goodness, that within care there are too some very good people, and that some children were kept safe, and as well as possible,,,sadly it was luck, the fact that powerful people preyed on vulnerable children, within a care system, that was constructed and controlled by authorities, all paid for by the tax payer, on the scale, that some of us have known for decades, and been thwarted or attacked when trying to out it, is beyond description. The recent press exposure, is because of two things essentially. The courage of the survivors of child abuse to speak out, and the internet facillitating, hidden stories being aired, broadcast and spread, to such an extent, that the mainstream had no choice. We that work on this, have had to push all the way, to be heard. I salute and admire all, that have played a part in bringing these evil doings to light.

        • my son attended Nortonthorpe Hall School Denby Dale and Archways Nurturing Unit. Shropshirehe made allegations of sexual abuse against social workers whilst at these establishments the police were to investigate but whilst they started they didn’t finish it as the social services claimd that he made allegations against me, I have my children’s files and it clearly has 2 letters fro social services to the police stating they wre not investigating as my son was emotional damaged and that he would not make a good witness as he was supposed to of made recent allegations against me the allegation was made July 1990 which there is medical evidence to support the fact he was abused then in care but the allegation which was made against me was in 1995 five years after the original allegation also the medical evidence was 6 months after he was stopped from coming home on weekends and holidays

      • I wasn’t I am afraid, I was at Penhill, Headlands in Penarth and in Dinas Powis for a short time..

        I know a few lads who were in Abergele Road though.

        You are welcome to contact me at any time via the email address on the main page of the blog, if you need any help or advice with anything.

        • I have emailed you outlaw and not had a reply. My partners seen “his” name this page already that’swhy it’s brought it all back, and is really confused what to do.

          If he had been listened to years ago this may not have happened to others. And now my partners seen he’s not alone with what happened.

          We have picture evidence of the abuse, the police have and hospital have too but was dropped and th person was still aloud to work there.

          If you could give some advice would much apriciate it.

          • I have just emailed you. I do apologise but I was trying to track down a suitable agency which is trustworthy. Read the email I have just sent… :-) JJ

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  3. Amazed at how many I had been in but even more amazed that others I’d been in are not named despite being closed down because of nasty incidents.

    • I would be happy to add the names of any institutions not listed here as this is a working list…

  4. Oaktree Clinic (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) Knaphill in Woking. I was one section during 97/98. Nurses very voilent towards patients as well as many other incidents of serious concern. Closed down shortly after I left. Then reopened as a secure unit for adolescent aged people.

    Eastbourne DOP at the Eastbourne DGH. Various nurses convicted of sexual offences on patients whilst they were sedated. Although nurses have been convicted they still got a slap on the wrist.

    Buckland School in Hampshire. Some teachers and staff used to bully people. One kid took his life becuase of it. Got closed down shortly after I left. One kid who at the time was the only black kid in the school was subjected to daily racist abuse by the PE teacher and most of the school staff and pupils joined in. Also some staff physically assaulted pupils. I got my head slammed against a brick wall during lunch. The whole school witnessed it and said nothing, despite blood running down my neck.

  5. Im posting about Abergele rd home-Trowbridge Cardiff my partner has just 2days ago made his statement to the police about abuse 20years ago the police did say some incedients have been reported, but atm we dont know much. We see the awful man around Trowbridge alot hes still free anyone with any information please post
    back, we know he hurt loads more boys he
    was a leader in scouts and a football club.

  6. I was at Forde Park for 4 years, never saw or heard of any abuse going on. In fact I had a great time there…. My main concern now would be, if so many of these institutions were abusing youngsters which is being claimed, as it is a well known fact that the abused goes onto become an abuser themselves, how many of you have gone onto abuse? The reason I ask, is if so many were abused as claimed this country must now be rife with paedophiles…. Correct?

    • Not so, I personally know very few who have gone on to abuse others, so this ‘fact’ which is mostly put about by the mainstream Media and tame psychologists is based on what evidence exactly?

      I have been in some great care homes where abuse was later reported, I have also highlighted elsewhere on this blog how there have been cases where the police and the media have ‘encouraged’ people to come forward and exaggerate their ill-treatment for cash payments.

      That is no way a reflection on the genuine cases of childhood abuse, both physical and mental that has occurred. But as with everything these days, even that is wide open to manipulation, greed and deception.

      It is separating the genuine survivors from those who use the tag to enhance their status, reputation or finances, both online and in real life is where the main problem seems to exist.

      I abhor any form of abuse and will highlight it when I find it, but I will also never be blinded by hysteria and media-fuelled hype which condemns anybody who has worked with children to be labelled as an abuser.

      I want the truth, period…

      Nothing else will suffice.

      • The evidence is based on those who come before the courts and use the excuse “I was abused” in their mitigation defence. As far as the Police are concerned I was hounded by them to give a statement three times over a space of eighteen months, even though I told them from the outset that I had never witnessed or received any kind of abuse and more to the point never heard any kind of conversation at my time at the school. They kept coming back for more and more information which never differed from my original statement, they even went as far as naming those who were accused. I’m not sure if any of the ex boys details who claimed nothing happened were passed on to the defence team or whether it was just those boys who claimed they were abused. As someone who spent their entire childhood in the care system in several different homes across the country, I can only speak as I found and the only kind of sexual liaisons I found to happen were in mixed homes amongst the children themselves or teenagers if you prefer and indeed this happened to me. I was 10 and she was 13, did she abuse me? Probably yes, has it effected me in later life? Hardly.
        I honestly believe that if the compensation element had been removed from the equation then far fewer prosecutions would have taken place. Don’t get me wrong, not for one minute do I dispute that sexual abuse has not over the years taken place in our care system and it probably still continues to this day, but I don’t believe it is any higher that what goes on behind closed doors in normal households and it is certainly not just an issue for the institutions to deal with…

        • I think its pretty obv more abuse happens in care homes its like I read .. If u like maths become a banker..u like cooking become a chef..u like abusing defenseless kids work in a childrens home..
          & as for it being a ‘fact’ abused kids go on to be abusers that’s a stupid idiotic thing to say/think..A lot of people who read this are looking for support & help I dont think your views will do that..they dont do it for the money they do it for justice, to try & be free from their mental prison they’ve been locked in and hopefully to save some other kid..maybe a few have done it for the money but thats not what this sites about really

        • I have to agree with u social services claim that if you have been abused you will abuse load of bollocks was anyone at Norton Thorpe hall denby dale or archways nurturing unit at Shropshire as my son was both places and he was abused according to him but 5 years after making that allegation he was the social services coerced him to making allegations against me his mother even though I hadn’t seen him since he was 12 until he was 19 years old social services also have a thing about people who suffered domestic abuse they do not help or support them it is a known fact that anyone who suffers domestic abuse also lose their children because of neglect as they blame the parent for the abuse that they cannot escape from as it follows them the facts are 90% of children from victims of domestic abuse are taken into care for neglect fact that 10% lose their lives and the parent commits suicide some of them cases the parents are forced to move back to a house where there is danger of abuse from any person the ex partner knows it’s also these children that are more vulnerable to abuse in care

  7. I have friends who were abused by staff in care homes. I have a friend who was abused by residents, but also have friends who were well looked after. I think its unforgivable and sickening that it happened to anyone but i don’t think we can say it happened to everyone.

  8. Abuse is subjective. Pain for one is agony for another and agony for one is pleasure to another. I endured years of physical and mental distress’s. I overcome them and began to cause distress to others. I went from being hit to hitting, being slapped to slapping. Receiving tattoo’s to tattooing. I fought whereas previously I was bullied, I turned and faced instead of staring at the ground. Lots of my ilk did the same. We survived and some remember the rationale behind their behaviour and attempted to amend their own mind sets and change the way they had been nurtured in an unnatural way. Some succeed but most don’t. Again, 30 years after leaving the residential setting i find myself in a minority of success’s. Not suicidal, educated, drink and drug free, father, husband and pack leader. None of which would have been obtained had I not the determination and the bastard will that the state tried to prevent me from seeking. It’s left to those who’ve got the ability to use that ability to try and assist and educate the lay men among the populace.

    Anyone else who hasn’t experienced what they are attempting to change might discover the best and easiest way for them to contribute to any advancements would be to seek and understand the experiences of those best experienced. You wouldn’t ask a butcher for advice about dove tail joints in furniture would you?

    Anyone seeking to further their knowledge on the abuse of children in children’s homes or foster homes or any establishment for that matter, should first ask; what experience the provider of such information has of any of the latter? Only then can the seeker be sure to know that the advice is from an experienced provider. Easy for me to say I know but that’s the way I see it. Academics will die fighting to offer their advice and educational approach. Medically qualified boggled eyed folk will die fighting to have their approach favoured. The law rules the roost as far as its concerned and the head in the clouds do gooders will use the media in all its guises (mags, papers, tv etc,) to enhance their position as the fountain of all knowledge on child abuse issues.

    Individuals must decide for themselves who’s who. But don’t just take an online account of any sort as true and honest if it involves having to search for the real author. Few of us who’ve got it want to hide it. What good would that do for the following generations? What was the question again? duh

    • That is why those ‘who were there’ have got to be seen to be credible, who can lend their considerable experiences to those genuine people who seek nothing more than to find the truth and ensure it never happens again.

      That should be the legacy.

      I agree 100% that the whole matter has become tainted and has been reduced to a hysterical witch hunt almost entirely fuelled by the media.

      Insurance companies stamping their authority, County Councils, Regional Police Forces and Social Service Departments closing ranks and protecting their own interests, organised whisper campaigns and blatant attempts to spread disinformation and cause chaos on the Internet and beyond.

      And who has been overlooked once again?

      Those who were actually there and can tell the real story….

      The Survivors.

  9. You haven’t mentioned stonham childrens home cheltenham where I was constantley abused phyisicly and mentaly abused

  10. I started my life in care at Monks Barn in Reading at the age of 5, was moved to Kersey Crescent in Newbury around 6 months later. At 10 I was sent to Curridge House near Hermitage at 12 I was sent to a kids home in Windsor around 3 months later I was sent to Thornbury House in Kiddlington, a few months later I was sent to Forde Park School (Red House, Barnes Dormitory) where I was to remain till I was 16 and left to join the army. In those 11 years I never saw or heard about any abuse, let alone experience it either sexually, mentally or physically in any of these homes. Yet apparently it was rampant……… How lucky was I?

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  12. I noticed the assessment centre at burley in wharfedale is mentioned in the list I was there when I was 15 in 1976

  13. I was in st Joseph’s in Nantwich , Cheshire, from 79/82, and things were as described numerous times over the years,but unless you were there,living breathing the existence,you can only imagine the fear,social exclusion and sheer degredation people endured !

  14. Has anyone any experiences of doctor garretts convalescent home, Conwy in the eighties mine were all good btw just noticed it was on the list and wondered what stories Outlaw has on this place seeing that it was included?

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  16. I was in Ashbank House, York, in early 1971. I was 12 years old and I wasn’t the youngest there.

    It was an absolute torture chamber run by a lunatic called Cother and his vicious, cruel wife. They were assisted in my day by a man called Wilson….he wasn’t too bad, I suppose but then by what yardstick am I judging him? Another man called Frasier was an instigator who Wilson seemed to follow.

    Mrs Cother’s mother used to come on a weekend from Scarborough and she was an utter psychopath. She hit me around the head with a milk pan and knocked me out!

    The beatings and violence meted out in Ashbank was at a level that it is difficult to imagine unless you were there. I doubt that too many people reading this would ever treat a 12 year old like they treated me.

    There were also issues of forced heavy Labour and psychological abuses that I can’t be bothered to go in to.

  17. Posting links to destructive scripts is another thing that will not be tolerated here.

    Some advice?

    Try a little harder.

    *Outlaw’s Edit*

  18. The Close isn’t near York, it was in Northallerton.

    I was there ’77 or ’78 and I was also at Stockton Hall between ’80 and ’83.

    I would be interested in tracing David Hutchins or Hutchinson who was subject to abuse with me after he and I had a fight after lights out and was thrown against a wall by a member of staff before being taken to the boot room and then being hammered.

    Also I’d be interested in tracing Nikki Cooke who witnessed another member of staff giving me a good hiding in the play ground one afternoon and said he would have spoke up for me when they “investigated” my allegations of this at the time.

  19. I was at Woodend Assessment centre ( Atherton, Wigan ) and also at St Thomas Moore, Formby.
    Between 1997 and 1981 Both places dished out severe sexual and physical abuse.
    Woodend was worse for physical abuse and beatings, St Thomas Moore worse for sexual abuse.
    I even absconded, told my social worker, he took me back and told me to say nothing, just keep my head down and he would see what he could do, three days later I was beaten and given an hour long body and cavity search by the usual staff member..
    Constantly being told, if you say anything, you will stay in care, you will never go home, you will go straight to prison once you turn 18.. At 14yrs old you don’t know any better.. Although never actually raped, I had regular body searches and regular beatings..
    Staff coming into your bedroom at night was not uncommon..

    I still ask myself, why me ? .. What did I do wrong, did I deserve it, was I a bad child ?
    I even resigned myself to it being the “norm” ..
    33yrs late and I am finally able to bring some closure hopefully, as I am now making it known to the authorities for the very first time.. Its so sad to find out just how many other people at these institutions went through the same abuse as well ..

  20. Speaking as a person who grew up in group homes and institutions, I have to say only two out on the 7 homes I had been in helped me and didnt abuse the privilege of prescriptions. Children in homes are lab rats for physical, emotional, and drug abuse .

    • Your comment about children being lab rats for all types of abuse is absolutly spot on. Mike (nicko) Nixon

  21. Just want to THANK outlaw for this site, amazing.

    About time someone stood up & told it how it is.

    This site has helped me & My partner enormously. Inspiration.

  22. I remember the fat twat the bully Mr mills from Woodend and I also remember the sadist from holmea Bothstown He was into spanking bare bottoms with his hairbrush. god il like to meet them now it would be so much fun!

  23. I need info on mill house remand, Carlisle
    It ruined my life I have never told anyone about what took place there, it hurts to much

  24. I would love to name names .. I had the worst school ime in royd edge . The headmaster was a very violent and nasty man .. I was 12 when he beat me . And carried on till I was 15..ROYD EDGE SOMETHINK OUT OF A HORROR STORY

  25. I remember the fat twat the bully Mr mills from Woodend and I also remember the sadist from holmea Bothstown He was into spanking bare bottoms with his hairbrush. god il like to meet them now it would be so much fun!

    Local press Woodend remand centre being investigated operation Milan, ah well what goes around comes around its called karma Bet theres some twitchy bums out there!

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