SOSA IN THE NEWS

SOSA DEMAND PROPORTIONATE PAYMENT FOR THOSE ABUSED AT SHIRLEY OAKS HOME

May 25th 2019

Historic child abuse victims are contemplating employing a top human rights lawyer after it emerged some of them will get the same compensation as people who were in care homes the same length of time but did not suffer abuse.

COMPENSATION PAYOUTS ‘ARE UNFAIR’ SAYS VICTIMS OF HISTORIC CHILD ABUSE AT SHIRLEY OAKS CHILDREN’S HOME

April 18th 2019

Solicitors have written to town hall chiefs warning that compensation for historic victims of child abuse are not fair. More than 1,000 people have applied for payments from Lambeth’s redress scheme – but the biggest law firm advising them has criticised how it is being implemented. Solicitors Switalskis, acting for the victims, said there was a risk that the people who suffered the worst abuse would not get the highest settlement. It has written twice to the council in the last two months – saying that former residents who experienced racial abuse should be put in a special category, because of how that probably affected their chances of a career.

EX-SHIRLEY OAKS HOMEWORKER JAILED FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING BOYS OVER A DECADE

April 12th 2019

A man who sexually assaulted young boys in a Shirley Oaks children’s home in South Norwood in the 1970s has been jailed for eight years for crimes described as “the ultimate abuse of position.” Patrick Grant, 69, was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault at Inner London Crown Court yesterday. His offending took place in England and Wales over the course of more than a decade, and included two counts of indecent assault at Shirley Oaks Children’s Home, Rowan House, between 1977 and 1978.

LAMBETH COUNCIL 'PUSHES BACK' OVER SHIRLEY OAKS COMPENSATION

April 1st 2019

Victims of one of the country's worst child abuse scandals have accused Lambeth Council of dragging its heels in offering compensation.  Abuse at the Shirley Oaks Children's Homes in Croydon, south London, dated back decades. In 2016, every former resident was promised compensation, whether they were abused or not. Councillors said the process was quicker than legal action, when confronted by the group on Monday. A report by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) in 2016 outlined abuse on an "industrial scale" and claimed at least 60 abusers were active from the 1950s to the closure of the homes in 1983.

LAMBETH COUNCIL RECEIVES 1,100 PAYOUT CLAIMS OVER CHILD ABUSE SCANDAL

29th March 2019

More than 1,100 people have submitted claims for compensation from Lambeth council over one of the capital’s worst child abuse scandals. Widespread sexual, physical and psychological abuse took place at the authority’s former children’s homes, which were open between the Thirties and Nineties.The council launched a £100 million scheme in January last year, allowing all former residents who were abused, or feared abuse, to claim compensation without going through the courts. An interim report by Lambeth shows that 1,002 people submitted claims within the first year of the scheme, rising to 1,115 by mid-March.

COUNCIL PROPOSES PAYING OUT £100M TO VICTIMS OF ABUSE AT SHIRLEY OAKS CHILDREN'S HOME

December 8th 2018

The town hall at the heart of one of the capital’s worst child abuse scandals today proposed paying out more than £100 million to survivors. Lambeth council set out detailed plans for its redress scheme for victims of historical sexual, physical and psychological abuse at its former children’s homes. It means that hundreds of people who grew up in its care at Shirley Oaks and other homes could be entitled to at least £10,000 each. Paedophiles, including staff and visitors, preyed on children on an “industrial” scale at the borough’s flagship home in Croydon over three decades. Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth, said survivors had been “very badly let down” in the past and had waited too long for redress.

DRUGGED AND ABUSED FOR A DECADE IN 'PAEDOPHILE'S PARADISE' - THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF HOW ONE MAN FOUGHT BACK AND WON FOR MANY VICTIMS

March 2nd 2018

Raymond Stevenson found himself in a dark field above the city lights of Croydon in 2014. From 1903 until 1983, the cluster of Victorian cottages below had been home to thousands of children living in an idyllic 80-acre, semi-rural setting with woods, a swimming pool and birdsong. “It was called Shirley Oaks Children’s Home, but we called it Shirley Hell,” Raymond says softly. “It was a paedophile’s paradise.”

TOWN HALL BAN SOSA MEDIATOR

March 2nd 2018

A representative of child sexual abuse victims has been banned from council premises. Raymond Stevenson, spokesman for the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA), is threatened with legal action by lawyers representing Lambeth council if he tried to attend meetings in the town hall.

HUNDREDS OF SENSITIVE COUNCIL DOCUMENTS FOUND IN LONDON ESTATE

July 28th 2017

Hundreds of sensitive documents have been found in an unlocked London estate storage unit, the BBC has learned. Child protection and rent arrears documents - showing names, addresses, and confidential information - were found on the Gauden Estate, Clapham. Campaigners say the find could include files missing from a historical sexual abuse investigation, which they believe was "covered up".

SURVIVORS' GROUP 'LOSES FAITH' IN CHILD SEX ABUSE INQUIRY

September 8th 2016

A 600-strong survivors' group has lost faith in the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse, its leaders have said. Shirley Oaks Survivors Association told the BBC it would recommend withdrawing from the Lambeth strand of the inquiry because it was not "truly independent". Ex-inquiry chair Justice Lowell Goddard has said she was prevented from picking her own staff, and that civil servants were prioritised by the Home Office

EX-PRIEST PHILIP TEMPLE JAILED FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE

August 10th 2016

A former social worker and Catholic priest has been jailed for 12 years after admitting historical child sex abuse charges dating back to the 1970s. Philip Temple, 66, admitted abusing 12 boys and one girl while working in south London care homes and a north London church. He also admitted lying on oath in the 1990s when he was cleared of child sex abuse charges against a teenage boy.
Judge Christopher Hehir apologised to the victim at Woolwich Crown Court.

GODDARD INQUIRY: CHILDREN WERE ABUSED 'ON INDUSTRIAL SCALE' AT LAMBETH COUNCIL-RUN HOMES

March 24th 2016

"Physical and sexual abuse on an industrial scale" went "unchecked for decades" at children's homes in a south London borough, a victims' report says.The report detailing claims by 600 people will go before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. At a preliminary hearing earlier, the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association was given "core participant status".

LAMBETH SOCIAL SERVICES CARER LESLIE PAUL JAILED FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE

January 14th 2016

A former Lambeth social services carer has been jailed for 13 years for sexual offences against children in his care.  Leslie Paul, 64, of Clephane Road, north London, committed the offences between 1980 and 1988 at a Lambeth children's home, where his four male victims lived. He was convicted of a string of assaults at Blackfriars Crown Court. Jailing him, Judge John Hillen said Paul used his position, power and charisma to groom and abuse the boys. Paul was last month found guilty of 15 indecent assaults, one count of indecency with a child under 14, and one count of aiding and abetting indecent assault on a boy under 14.  He pleaded guilty to one count of making an indecent image of a child on or after 1 January 2005.

SHIRLEY OAKS ABUSE CAMPAIGN FINDS '32 PAEDOPHILES'

December 10th 2015

Campaigners on behalf of victims of child sexual abuse at the Shirley Oaks children's homes in south London have said they received allegations that 32 paedophiles were involved. Three people were convicted of child abuse which took place at the homes in the 1970s and 80s. Abuse survivors believe there are other offenders who were never prosecuted. They have compiled testimony which will be handed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse.

CHILD SEX ABUSE INQUIRY TO INVESTIGATE LAMBETH COUNCIL OVER ‘HISTORIC FAILINGS’

November 29th 2015

An independent child sex abuse inquiry taking place across England and Wales will investigate ‘historic failings’ by Lambeth Council. Councils across the country accused of poor child care will be investigated alongside the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches and politicians. The inquiry, chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard, is due to take five years and will be of ‘unprecedented’ size in the UK. “We plan to investigate failings to protect children in the care or supervision of Lambeth Council,” she said.

LABOUR MP CHUKA UMUNNA DEMANDS NEW PROBE ON DEATH OF SHIRLEY OAKS ABUSE VICTIM PETER DAVIS

November 24th 2015

Peter was 15 when he was found hanged at the children’s home in Croydon - survivors of abuse there believe he may not have killed himself.  An MP has called for police to reopen the investigation into the death of a boy at a children’s home targeted by paedophiles in the 1970s. Peter Davis was just 15 when he was found hanged at Shirley Oaks, which was run by Lambeth council in South London. Three people have been convicted of child abuse at home in Croydon that took place in the 1970s and 80s. Survivors of abuse there believe Peter may not have killed himself.

SHIRLEY OAKS ABUSE: CALLS FOR CASE OF HANGED BOY TO BE REOPENED

27th October 2015

Former residents of a children's home in south London targeted by paedophiles have called for an investigation into a boy's death in 1977 to be reopened. Three people have been convicted of child abuse at Shirley Oaks in Croydon that took place in the 1970s and 80s. Survivors of abuse there believe Peter Davis, 15, found hanged there 38 years ago, may not have killed himself.  Lambeth Council has acknowledged "very serious historic failings" and apologised to those abused in its care.

TURNING THE TABLES ON CHILD ABUSE

7th August 2015

A chance meeting between two men who realised they had both been abused in the same Surrey children's care home has led to a campaign that has seen hundreds of former residents alleging they were also victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Music producer Raymond Stevenson, physically abused during his time at the Shirley Oaks home in the 70s, met a childhood friend last year who revealed he'd been raped at the institution. Within a few months, the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) was hundreds strong.

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