CHILDRENS HOME AND ABUSE

Islington children’s homes are linked to Jimmy Savile child abuse investigation

Published: 28 March, 2014
by ANDREW JOHNSON

EDUCATION secretary Michael Gove has ordered Islington Council to look into allegations that Jimmy Savile was connected to children’s homes in the borough.
Islington is one of 21 councils whose children’s homes have been linked to the entertainer during police investigations into multiple claims that he was a child abuser.
In a written statement to the House of Commons, Mr Gove said: “The Department for Education has received information about Jimmy Savile relating to several children’s homes and schools in England, dating back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
This information was uncovered as part of the document review process undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service on behalf of the Department of Health.
“Having reviewed the information I have decided that the Department for Education should pass the information to the appropriate organisations for further investigation.
“In most cases the work will be conducted by the relevant local authority; in others, the relevant institution or a legacy organisation will take the lead.”
It is not known which children’s home in Islington was involved.
A spokesman for the Department for Education told the Tribune that it would be part of the council’s job to find this out. “These are historical accusations based on people’s memories when they were children,” he said.
Although the care home or homes involved are currently not known, the Savile link with Islington will revive memories of the child abuse scandal which hit the borough in 1992.
Then, allegations surfaced that a child abuse ring had operated in the borough’s care homes during the 1970s and 1980s.
Thirteen inquiries subsequently found that abuse had taken place in all of the borough’s 24 care homes.
Despite this, no perpetrator has ever been brought to justice and many records – particularly details of the children who lived in the homes – have vanished from Town Hall archives.
A council spokeswoman said: “We will carry out a careful and thorough investigation of the information passed to us by the DfE.”

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Family connections

Given that Margaret Hodge was at the helm when all this took place, is it right that her son in law is now councillor in charge of children’s services at Islington whilst this investigation is taking place?
Those abused need a totally independent inquiry.

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