Taff Vale Children’s Home in Cardiff came to the attention of South Wales Police who launched a full investigation under the name ‘Operation Duffy‘ in 1996. The scope of that enquiry was widened and came to involve a large number of cares homes in the area. By 1997 ‘Operation Goldfinch‘ became the name for the wider enquiry.
The investigation was originally sparked by the arrest and conviction of former social worker Geoffrey Morris. Morris pleaded guilty to a serious of offences relating to the children in his care and related to crimes that took place at various children’s homes in the area including Taff Vale and the Gorse Place Children’s Home.
Brian Johnson a former social worker who worked at Taff Vale as a team leader was also convicted of sexual abuse and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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