Islington Council Raise Inquiry into 43 Child Care Deaths at one care home

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The Beeches, Ixworth, Suffolk was a care home used by Hackney and Islington Councils for cerebral palsy children in care.  From 1954 to 1972 43 children died there. It is thought only two got inquests. 

In 1972 Islington MP Michael O Halloran and Hackney MP Clinton Davis asked questions in the house. Minister Sir Keith Joseph ordered an inquiry but gave it terms of reference to look at difficulties in care far from home. A sociology academic exercise that never even mentioned deaths. 

Barbara Castle MP, shadow DHSS minister was also questioning in the Commons about inquest certified deaths. At the Sue Ryder Home Cavendish Suffolk. 

The Brodrick Inquiry was reporting from 1971 as govt in 1966 had recognised weaknesses in GP certified and Inquest certified deaths investigation.

The position of Sir Keith Joseph was patently absurd and irrational. With govt recognising the weaknesses in the deaths registration system he based his position that 43 deaths in a row at one small care home had been reliably explained and certified.  

The history suggests that around July 1972 Barbara Castle was scared off. Two years later as minister (with Islington Labour Cllr Jack Straw as adviser) Barbara Castle sustained cover up concerning both Beeches Child deaths and Sue Ryder adult deaths Suffolk.The history also suggests that the Beeches tragic history disappeared off Islington Council Records. 

In 1992 Islington connections with Suffolk became of interest again. Islington safeguarding raised a visit by Suffolk Chief constable to Lord Henniker of his estate not far from Ixworth. This was because notorious paedophile Peter Righton had moved to live on the Henniker estate. Base of "The Islington Suffolk Project" which provided holidays for Islington children in care. 

What was concealed, from Islington and Suffolk safeguarding, Beeches and Ryder deaths history had recently been raised again.  And HM Coroner had been running records checks and suspecting anomalies.  

But the facts were also concealed from the 1995 White Inquiry at Islington Council.

Islington Council is planning to review White Inquiry, into child abuse, for integrity now it has emerged that a former Cllr was a member of paedophile group "Fallen Angels">  

All we ask is that the Islington Council Inquiry examines the tragic history of Beeches and answers how was it covered up. And that Islington Council seek advice on applying for inquest for the 43 lost children.

 

 

 



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