Stephen Simblet QC, of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests & Inquiries Team, represented LA-A131 in the Inquiry, instructed by Uppal Taylor Solicitors.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has made damning findings of decades-long failures to protect children in the care of Lambeth Council. The Inquiry criticises both the management and supervision by the local authority but also serious failures in police investigations. In one paragraph, the Inquiry said,
"The reality is that some Lambeth Council staff and councillors were complicit in putting children in care at risk of sexual abuse because they simply did not care enough. With some exceptions, they treated children in care as if they were worthless. As a consequence, individuals who posed a risk to children were able to infiltrate children's homes and foster care, with devastating, lifelong consequences for their victims."
This included, as the Inquiry finds, misleading the coroner and other authorities about the circumstances in which a child who had complained of sexual abuse, had died.
The report includes summaries of evidence from survivors of sexual abuse, including from LA-A131. He is a former resident at South Vale Children's Home, which the inquiry says was " an oppressive place for children to live, more like a place of punishment than a home", as a "brutal place, where violence and sexual assault were allowed to flourish".
Civil Liberties and Human Rights | Thursday 30 July 2020
Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse - children in the care of Lambeth Council - Closing Statement
Stephen Simblet QC of the Garden Court Civil Liberties Team is representing a survivor of abuse from a Lambeth Children’s Home.
Inquests and Inquiries, Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities, Civil Liberties and Human Rights | Wednesday 31 July 2019
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse publishes damning report on sexual abuse of children in the care of Nottinghamshire councils
Stephen Simblet and Laura Profumo, instructed by Chris Ratcliffe of Uppal Taylor Solicitors, Nottingham, represented 34 victims/survivors of sexual abuse.