Written statement to Parliament
Historical child protection investigations
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Education Secretary’s statement regarding investigations relating to Jimmy Savile and a number of children’s homes and schools in England.
I wish to inform the House that 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.
In order to ensure consistency of approach with the NHS Savile investigations, I am replicating the arrangements adopted by the Department of Health to quality assure the work. I have appointed Lucy Scott-Moncrieff to provide independent oversight and quality assurance of the process, undertaking a similar role to that of Kate Lampard in the NHS trust investigations. I have asked Lucy Scott-Moncrieff to ensure that investigating organisations take all practicable steps to establish what happened and why at the time of the incidents, and any lessons there might be to inform current safeguarding practice in our schools and children’s homes.
I will inform the House of the outcome of this work.
Information has been provided to responsible organisations as set out in the table below:
|Institution(s) mentioned in the information||Investigating body||Area|
|Children’s home (name unknown)||Local authority||Bournemouth|
|Colletton Lodge||Local authority||Devon|
|The Ride Children’s Home||Local authority||Hounslow|
|Parklands Children’s Home||Local authority||Gloucestershire|
|Sevenoaks School||Sevenoaks School Board of Governors||Kent|
|Northways Residential School||Local authority||Leeds|
|Beechcroft Children’s Home||Local authority||Leeds|
|Henshaw School for the Blind||Henshaw Society for Blind People||Leeds|
|Notre Dame Grammar School||Notre Dame Catholic College Board of Governors||Leeds|
|Care home (name unknown)||Local authority||London Borough of Islington|
|Hollies Care Home||Local authority||London Borough of Southwark|
|St Leonard’s Children’s Home||Local authority||London Borough of Tower Hamlets|
|Sarah Laski Home||Local authority||Manchester|
|Broome House Children’s Home||Local authority||Manchester|
|Children’s home (name unknown)||Local authority||Manchester|
|Aspley Wood School||Local authority||Nottingham|
|Bassetlaw School||Local authority||Nottinghamshire|
|National Children’s Home, Penhurst||Action for Children||Oxfordshire|
|Beach Holme Children’s Home||Local authority||Surrey|
|Broomfield Children’s Home||Local authority||Surrey|
|Barnardo’s children’s home (name unknown)||Barnardo’s||Redbridge|