The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) investigation has heard evidence of abuse suffered by young people in the care of Nottingham City and County council. The inquiry investigated the inadequacy of institutional responses to allegations of abuse and evidence was heard from council representatives and Nottinghamshire police at the hearing that took place in October 2018.
More than three hundred people have come forward to the Inquiry with allegations of abuse. In October the Inquiry heard that there had been repeated warnings of abuse in Nottingham since 1987 and a list of failings was produced. Counsel to the Inquiry, Patrick Sadd singled out the abuse at Beechwood Community Home as being “riddled with abuse from the late 1960s to the late 1980s.” however it is now clear that similar abuse was common among many of the other children’s homes in the region.
The Police investigation into the abuse in Nottingham homes started as Operation Daybreak and Xeres in 2010. Operation Equinox was then launched in 2015 to oversee all the allegations raised and focused on abuse in care homes and foster care in Nottingham and replaced the previous police investigations. So far staff from ten Nottingham Children’s homes have been convicted of sexual abuse. Michael Robinson was the twelfth person to be convicted and was jailed for eight years in January 2019 for indecent assault against two boys whilst he was in charge of Hazelwood children’s home.
So far twenty two homes in Nottingham have been investigated for allegations of child sexual abuse by Operation Equinox. There are another 11 local authority-run residential care homes about which IICSA has received evidence of allegations of sexual abuse.
Colin Pettigrew who is the Corporate Director for Children and Families at Nottinghamshire County Council has issued an apology to the victims and has said that the council eagerly awaits the report that will be published by IICSA in July. He has said:
“Abuse of children is wholly unacceptable and I would like to urge anyone who has suffered abuse of any kind to come forward and report it either to us or to Nottinghamshire Police. They will be listened to.”
Jordans Solicitors represent numerous claims against Nottinghamshire Council and have successfully achieved compensation for the victims of abuse. We have an experienced team of lawyers that specialise in the sensitive area of historical abuse. Our team are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. If you would like free, confidential advice then please call a member of the team on 0800 9555 094 or request a call back from our website, and we will call you at a convenient time for that suits you.