Tennal was an Assessment Centre at Harbourne Road in Birmingham. Mainly providing residence for males it was later attended by females and was the subject of a police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by staff in the late 1990s/early 2000s which resulted in the prosecution and conviction of several former members of staff including: Arthur Birch; Terry Goodall; Peter Brook and Eugene Devotti. The police investigation went under the name of Operation Camassia and was dealt with by West Midlands Police.
Almost 100 individuals brought successful claims against Birmingham City Council, the authority responsible for the home after 1st July 1974. The majority of the claims related to the 1970s and 1980s.
Claims for abuse at Tennal occurring before 1st July 1974 are much more difficult. Despite extensive enquiries the solicitors investigating the claims established that the school was run by a board of governors none of whom could be traced or confirmed to be alive. It therefore meant that there was no defendant with sufficient available finances to meet those claims.
Whilst we are not able to take any claims for abuse occurring before 1st July 1974, we are able to take claims for abuse after that date or even where the abuse overlaps that period.
Jordans Solicitors have a dedicated team of highly specialist lawyers who can ensure your claim is handled sensitively, enabling you to secure the best level of compensation from those responsible for your traumatic experiences.
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