Shirley Oaks Children's Home Paedophiles
SHIRLEY OAKS UNCONVICTED PAEDOPHILES
Out of the 52 houses that operated on the 72 acre site, we have identified 24 houses where improper sexual activity was taking place. The victims were all under 16 and the perpetrators were either house parents, volunteers or staff. This list does not include the activity in which the Council has dismissed or prosecuted because they will not reveal this to us.
ONE SUPERINTENDENT AT SHIRLEY OAKS
The superintendent's office was situated in the Redwood house in the middle of the Shirley Oaks grounds. The superintendent had ultimate control over Shirley Oaks which included hiring staff and repremanding children. There are allegations from girls that one of the superintendents had abused them during their time at Shirley Oaks. The abuser had previously worked at another children's home where abuse had also taken place.
DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AT SHIRLEY OAKS
Boys have come forward stating that the deputy superintendent had abused them sexually and physically. The abuser used to interfere with boys at the back of the Lodge where he used to stay. There are claims that he had abused over 150 children whilst working at Shirley Oaks. The person in question died in the 1980's from a heart attack.
SENIOR HOUSE PARENT AT SHIRLEY OAKS
We have claims from children who had attended Shirley Oaks that a house parent was dismissed for abusing boys and girls in the house. This is the house where Peter Davis lived and when the house was closed down, Peter was sent to another home where it was later said he hung himself. We now know that two paedophiles also operated in the houses next door to Peter and we believe that Police should now open up the case of Peter Davis due to this new evidence.
In 1999 William Hook, 62, was one of the few paedophiles to be prosecuted in the Middleton and CHILE operation conducted by the Police and Lambeth Council. He was jailed at Kingston Crown Court after admitting 26 charges of serious sexual assault and indecency against 6 boys, 4 of whom have attempted to commit suicide. Hook was the swimming instructor at Shirley Oaks and used this to his advantage to get close to the children. He has also been linked to other Shirley Oaks houses but we now know he was not working alone.
Hoare had worked at Shirley Oaks in the 1970's where there are numerous claims that he had abused girls in his care. He then went on to work at Chevington children's home where he abused other girls in his care. Other abusers joined him at the house either visiting or working there.
SOUTH LONDONS UNCONVICTED PAEDOPHILES
At one point South London had over 70 children's homes, more than half of which were situated on the Shirley Oaks site. The remaining children's homes also suffered from a network of paedophiles, many who had previously worked at Shirley Oaks. We have been inundated with claims from former residents that their stories have not been told. To the right is a selection of these children's homes.
Shirley Oaks, Chevington, The Elms, The Hollies, South Vale, St Saviours, Angell Road, Monkton Road, Cumberlow Lodge, Highland Road, Dolrhyd Hall, Beechwood, Bryn Alyn Children's Home, Sandyridge, Bryn Alyn Hall, Pentre Saeson, Bryn Tirion, Chevington, Cumberland Lodge, West Norwood, Elm Guest House, Wood Vale, Beechhome, Have De La Garenee, Dolphin Square, Cleveland.
Many boys have come forward with allegations towards the sports facilitator Geoff Clark at Shirley Oaks children's home. The former Lambeth Council staff member volunteered his services at the children's home however we have discovered he was not working alone. Children mentioned that Geoff Clark was friendly with other paedophiles, some of whom also worked at Lambeth. Geoff has also been linked to other homes in South London. Geoff Clark committed suicide before being brought to trial under Operation Middleton.