The former Beechwood Children’s Home in Mapperley, Nottingham is yet another in a long list of care homes which is currently under investigation following allegations of systematic physical, sexual and emotional abuse. In 2011 six people made allegations of abuse against the former Children’s home. Since then, a further 56 people have come forward with allegations dating back to the 1980s. The home, which had a 15 bed capacity, was closed in December 2006.
The police are also investigating allegations made against four other homes in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. These are Bracken House in Bulwell, Ranskill Gardens in Bestwood, Wood Nook in Beechdale and Risley Hall in Derbyshire.
One brave victim of abuse at the former Beechwood Children’s Home has waived his right to anonymity by speaking out today. The victim was raped within his first week at the home and was forced to carry out sex acts on staff. He has highlighted the devastating impact on his adult life as he has struggled to deal with the emotional effects of the abuse. He is keen for those responsible to be brought to justice.
We hope that this victim’s bravery in speaking out will encourage other victims of abuse to come forward. We currently act for a number of victims who have been abused in care homes and understand the difficulties victims have in speaking out. Many victims have attempted to report the abuse in the past but have not been listened to, which makes the speaking out process even more difficult.
If you would like to discuss this case or have been the victim of abuse and would like to speak to a member of our specialist abuse team we are more than happy to speak to you free of charge. Please contact a member of our team on 020 7657 1658/1653/1502. Any communication will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.