Richmond social services knew their children were abused – former children’s director

Richmond Council: Not a welcome refuge for children: Pic courtesy: http://www.officespaceinlondon.lnet.

Richmond Council: Not a welcome refuge for children: Pic courtesy: http://www.officespaceinlondon.lnet.

The amnesia surrounding everybody at Richmond Council over the 1982 Elm  guest house paedophile scandal is at an end.

A dramatic interview by my colleague Mark Conrad published in Exaro News today (   http://bit.ly/Vesffe) with Terry Earland, the former assistant director in charge of children’s services, reveals that he  knew that children at Grafton Close children’s home were sexually abused at Elm Guest House.

You will have to get on to the Exaro website to read the full story. But this disclosure from Earland’s  home abroad raises even more damning questions about the conduct of Richmond Council at the time. It directly contradicts what Louis Minster told Exaro  from Malta only days ago when he claimed he had never heard about the Elm Guest House in Barnes until Exaro and the Sunday People revealed the police investigation into the scandal. How can his head of children’s services know what happened and he didn’t know anything?

This awful saga which began with allegations about prominent people sexually abusing boys at the guest house is now also turning into what looks like a ” cover up ” by Richmond Council of the abuse of children, some as young as ten, in their care in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

It has all the hallmarks of the scandal in North Wales. Searching questions are needed of  people in power at the time.

And watch Exaro over the next few days for  even more damning revelations about the role of Richmond Council.

18 thoughts on “Richmond social services knew their children were abused – former children’s director

  1. The disgrace is that a small outfit like Exaro does real journalism whilst the well funded BBC is ignoring this story which has all the makings of the greatest crisis to hit the establishment ever.

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    • David – the BBC are very nervous after the MacAlpine affair – though this has nothing to do with it- and are monitoring everything but so far dare not publish. You’ll also notice that my old paper The Guardian are steering well clear of this too. The only two papers that have had the guts to stick their heads above the parapet are the Sunday People and the Mail.

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      • That confirms what I was wondering about the Guardian. So I’d assume that when a big arrest is made the floodgates will open!

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      • Oh, and how about asking the LBRuT fixers Dick, Ross and Brian (2) how many other abuses needed burying to ensure the good name of the LBRuT was preserved?

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  3. David. There is more stuff to come. Children in care deserve better than this. David keep going the places other people are not prepared to go.

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  4. Lets start with a couple who are still @ the LBRuT who both knew about abuse @ their Council (we have the letters!!). Who are they? – Gillian Norton the Chief Executive and Councillor Tony Arbour. So here’s an open question to both – WHAT DID YOU DO?

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