A growing number of support groups are being set up around the UK as the full extent of childhood abuse becomes clearer.
This month the head of the national coordinating unit Operation Hydrant, chief constable Simon Bailey, predicted that the rate of referrals of allegations would increase. Some 100 cases of childhood abuse are being passed to the police a month since the Goddard child sexual abuse inquiry was set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Justice Lowell Goddard is currently running 13 investigations into institutional abuse.
Non-recent abuse claim lawyers at Leigh Day have represented adults who were abused as children whilst in the care of Islington Council since 2001. The firm successfully represented adults who were abused at Gisburne House, at Shephall Manor Special School, and at Elwood Street and Grosvenor Avenue children’s homes.
The Islington Survivors Network has been set up to support survivors and witnesses of child abuse at children’s homes run by Islington. The network is calling on survivors and witnesses to pass on information about any abuse they know that took place so as to create as full a picture as possible and to make better sense of survivor and whistle-blower testimony.
The network hopes that the formation of the website will encourage people to report what they know about Islington Social Services and non-recent abuse dating back many years.
Specialist abuse claim lawyer Alison Millar who continues to represent victims of abuse in Islington said:
“I hope that victims and witnesses of abuse in Islington’s children homes will have the strength to come forward to help create a more complete picture about the child abuse that took place in care homes run by Islington Council.
“The more information that the network can pull together the more chance there is that a full inquiry can take place to ask why there were not more prosecutions of abusers in the UK, and whether there was institutional complicity in the cover-up of abuse.”