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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Children in the care of the Nottinghamshire Councils Investigation Report

C.2: Allegations of abuse at Beechwood

3. Five witnesses gave their accounts of being sexually abused at Beechwood at our October 2018 hearings and around 35 other complainant core participants provided statements,[1] a summary of which were read into the record. Additionally, 100 further accounts of sexual abuse were collated from police interviews, civil litigation claims and other records.[2] Nottinghamshire Police recorded 166 allegations of sexual abuse at Beechwood between 1968 and 2005, the vast majority relating to abuse in the 1970s and 1980s.[3]

4. The range of abuse alleged at Beechwood includes the following:

4.1. A79 was in Beechwood twice in the 1960s and early 1970s. During each placement, he says he was raped by a member of staff.[4]

4.2. P18 was placed for a “few nights” with her siblings in The Lindens between 1968 and 1970, when she was between five and 10 years old. She remembers being taken out of her bed at night by a male member of staff. She says she would be taken to another room where he would touch her all over her body and make her touch his groin. This happened several times.[5]

4.3. D10 was in Beechwood between 1971 and 1972. He alleges that he was taken from a dormitory in the middle of the night and brought to an office by a male member of staff where he was forced to the floor and raped.[6]

4.4. D7 was placed in Enderleigh for three weeks in 1977, aged 15. She says John Dent sexually assaulted her; in one incident he attempted to rape her, and in another she was digitally penetrated. Dent let D7 know that he had control over where she would go after Enderleigh, and she “felt very alone”.[7]

4.5. C21 was placed in The Lindens for nine months in 1977, when he was aged 14. He alleges that he was raped by NO‐F29 in a laundry room and indecently assaulted by him in the showers. It made him feel “Sick, dirty and, ashamed. And fearful it might happen again.[8] NO‐A320,[9] D22[10] and L50[11] also allege that NO‐F29 indecently assaulted them. D35[12] alleges that NO‐F29 was one of two members of staff who raped him. All were at Beechwood in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

4.6. L17 was placed in Redcot for almost a year in 1979, aged 11. She says she was raped by a member of staff, Colin Wallace, on “four or five occasions”. She also alleges she was made to masturbate Wallace when other staff were in the room so she thought they must have known what was going on. She described the impact after she left care, saying that people in the community “know you are damaged. So they find that it’s easier to groom you, and as soon as I came out of the children’s home that’s what I encountered.[13]

4.7. N1 was placed in Beechwood in 1982 when aged 12. She was groomed and raped by Andris Logins, a member of staff.[14]

4.8. L23 alleges that in 1984, when she was placed at Beechwood aged 16, she was raped in her bedroom “on around three occasions” and sexually assaulted in the communal toilets by Andris Logins: “He would pull me around, pin me down and suck my neck to give me love bites.[15]

4.9. L27 was in Beechwood in 1994 to 1995. He alleges that he was forced to perform oral sex on multiple occasions as well as being indecently assaulted by NO‐F363 and another staff member.[16]

4.10. L29 was placed in Beechwood for four months in 2005, when he was 15 years old. NO‐F61, a male member of staff, allegedly forced him more than once to perform oral sex on him. Once, when L29 resisted, NO‐F61 punched him in the face.[17]

4.11. In 2005, L51 alleged that NO‐F7 behaved towards her in a “sexual manner” by rubbing himself against her on a number of occasions at Beechwood in 1985.[18]

5. Many complainants told us that, by giving their accounts of abuse, they wanted to ensure that the same did not happen to young people now in residential care.[19]

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