Whilst conducting a 1998 inquiry into allegations of abuse in children's homes in Lambeth in the 1980s, Clive Driscoll was passed a list of suspects' names including politicians that he wanted to investigate. Clive was also learning about the corruption in Lambeth and south London children's homes. When he brought the information to light he was removed from the case. After this, the Police continued to look into 20 more children's homes but the results are yet to be published. Driscoll was also told that children from Shirley Oaks had been murdered and buried on the grounds.
42 year old Bulic Forsythe was beaten to death in his flat; a murder that hasn't been resolved in over 21 years. The press and our investigations show that he was murdered because he unravelled the corruption that was surrounding an elite paedophile ring that was operating in south London children's homes, Lambeth Council and the Government. The Council disagree with this statement by saying it was a 'local issue' to do with a sound system which seems highly unlikely.
The Mirror uncovered claims of a cover-up when one of Tony Blair's ministers suspected of being part of a child sex ring in Lambeth in the 1980's. Tom Pettifor, The Daily Mirror's chief crime correspondent has been following the stories of child sex abuse in Lambeth for many years. Pettifor broke the news around Shirley Oaks at the time Alex Wheatle came forward about his abuse whilst in the care of Lambeth Council.
Gillian worked for Lambeth on four separate occasions, including as a social worker in the 1970s. She trained Teresa Johnston, one of the whistleblowers who raised the issue, and was her boss for two years. “There were people trying to raise the issue, but no one was taking any notice, you do all you can to prevent children from having to go into care – so if it had to be done, you knew it was not ideal. But you did not realise you were taking children from the frying pan into the fire. We were drawn into being part of the process. There must have been so many levels to this network."
Teresa started off working in Shirley Oaks and then she became the group manager of many children's homes where abuse had taken place. Her efforts to expose the perpetrators must be applauded but at the time the elements within the council who were connected to the abusers sought to destroy and discredit her. It is not surprising that she struggled at times to cope with the pressure because she had no one from Lambeth to turn to to do the right thing. She was responsible for exposing two of the biggest paedophiles. Thank you Teresa for your help.
DR NIGEL GOULDIE
Nigel Goldie was the former Assistant Director of Lambeth Social Services from 1990 to 1999. He picked up responsibility of the Child Protection Unit. He got involved with Operation Trawler which investigated claims that a prominent male was seen visiting Michael Carroll’s flat in Angell Road children’s home. “There were some allegations that children were being abused by one or two prominent persons. There were a lot of very senior people trying to put a lid on it. There was something very unfortunate about the way the whole thing was dealt with.”
Junior Shabaz is a former Lambeth Youth Worker who became a director of a youth charity called the ACYC along with Michael John Carroll. Junior had worked with Carroll for 15 years and wasn’t told until years later that Carroll was a convicted paedophile. The ACYC was founded in 1977 and funded by the Inner London Education Authority, local councils and the Met police. Princess Anne became the patron and BBC presenter David Dimbleby was a director. The ACYC had strong links with the Catholic church, senior politicians and police officers. Junior describes this organisation as a “group set up for paedophiles by paedophiles”.
Bill is one of the UK's most daring child abuse campaigners. He and his siblings were in Shirley Oaks children's home and were physically and sexually abused by its staff. Since leaving the children's home he has been an avid campaigner who has been raising awareness of abuse survivors and corruption. Bill's radical campaigning makes him a thorn in the establishment's side.
SURVIVOR & CAMPAIGNER
Whistleblower and ex Lambeth Councillor Anna Tapsell has spoken out about a cover-up inside Lambeth Council which she believes was set out to protect politicians' reputations following allegations of abuse at a children's home. She had campaigned against the sexual abuse of children in Lambeth care homes and Police stations for over 20 years. Tapsell also complained about Clive Driscoll's removal from the Lambeth investigation and she said she was also visited and 'warned off' by a senior Police officer.