A petition for a public inquiry into child abuse at St Williams, a Roman Catholic Children’s home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire has received 50,000 signatures in 2 months.

The former chaplain Anthony McCallen and ex- principal James Carragher at St Williams were jailed in January 2016 for abusing boys at the home between 1970 and 1991.

McCallen was convicted in December 2015 of 11 charges including a serious sexual offence and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. Carragher, who had already been convicted of abusing boys at St Williams on two previous occasions, being sentenced to 7 years and 14 years respectively, was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.

The Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse in England and Wales was established in July 2014 to investigate allegations made against local authorities, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions.

Hilary Benn, Labour MP has written to the inquiry to request that the case is included in their investigations. One campaigner who was a pupil at St Williams wants to know why the abuse was allowed to continue. He started the petition in June 2016 and said, “It is about getting justice and making sure this can never happen again. I have been fighting this for 30 years and I will carry on fighting until the day I get answers.”

In response, the Inquiry panel have stated that the campaigner is invited to give evidence but the case would not be investigated.

Jordans are currently representing a large number of clients who allege abuse by various members of staff at St Williams. If you would like help in pursuing a claim we would urge you to contact us.

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