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Council social services bosses have come under fire from a family court judge after a little boy was placed with foster carers when grandparents who might have offered a home were unaware of his existence.Judge Mary Lazarus has complained about a "wide-ranging composite set of failings" by staff at Kent…
A man who was sexually abused at a children’s home in the 1970s has spoken of his belief a paedophile ring may have been operating inside the facility. David Whelan, who waived his right to anonymity, said he believed he was being groomed to be “passed on” while he was…
A child was force-fed to the point where his mouth would bleed during a time in care that was “hell itself”, an inquiry has heard. A witness also told how he thought he was going to die during beatings at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire in the 1960s and 1970s. He…
A man who spent two years in hospital after being subjected to cold baths for wetting his bed in a children’s home has described the institution as a “prison camp”. Thomas Hagan, 82, was a resident at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire between 1938 and 1952 and said it “ruined” his…
A former resident of a children’s home has told an inquiry that suffering abuse “became a way of life” for him at the institution. The man described how his house parents at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire in the 1960s would hit, push or shout at children habitually, on a daily…
A social worker has been criticised by a family court judge after council bosses asked him to rule that four children should be taken from the care of their parents. Judge Keith Wilding has decided that the youngsters should not go into care. He said the social worker had made…
A former orphanage resident has delivered a scathing attack on the organisation responsible for her care, saying it needs to take “responsibility” for the impact it has had on people’s lives.The witness said those who stayed at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire had been left living as “charity cases”.She also claimed…
A former orphanage resident has told an inquiry he was sexually assaulted by three men over a number of years during his time in care.The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse in Inquiry in Edinburgh.The inquiry heard he was admitted…
More than 360 people have made complaints of physical and sexual abuse against people at orphanages run by three voluntary organisations in Scotland, police have said.The announcement was made during the opening statements in phase three of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) in Edinburgh on Tuesday.It is now looking…
The third phase of hearings in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) is to open with an investigation of residential childcare establishments run by large-scale care providers.The inquiry is tasked with examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and began taking statements from witnesses in the spring…
A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his links with gangs in south London. Judge Mary Lazarus says an opportunity to help the…
A High Court judge has criticised a council over its "atrocious" treatment of a severely traumatised autistic girl who has been kept in hospital because of a delay in finding her suitable accommodation. The 15-year-old, identified in court as R, is thought to be suffering post-traumatic stress disorder after "living…
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