FOI reveals payouts for children’s home abuse

The South Wales Echo has published a noteworthy investigation into the compensation paid out to victims of abuse in children’s homes. The figures had never before been made public but were finally released after a series of Freedom of Information Act requests made by the Echo, a Cardiff councillor and a former social services manager.

Scandal of children’s homes abuse payouts

Oct 2 2006

Moira Sharkey And Phillip Nifield, South Wales Echo

More than 160 adults who claim they were abused in a sex scandal that rocked children’s homes in South Wales have been paid a total of £3m in compensation.

Around £1m of this has been paid to former residents of homes or approved schools in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, an Echo investigation has revealed.

…In a separate Freedom of Information request it was found that around £1m had been paid out to claims of abuse in council homes in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. These included Penhill, Taff Vale, John Kane, Suffolk House and Crosslands, Cardiff and Sully and Bryn y Don, Dinas Powys.

Coun Cowan added: ‘These figures, which it took the council more than six months to produce, to my knowledge have never been made public before. As far as I am aware, they were not even seen in confidential council reports. I believe this should be a matter brought before the full council. The scale of the bill being paid out is alarming. Something of this importance should not be kept secret. The public have a right to know the impact of this scandal which should never happen again.’

Newport City Council confirmed it had paid out £717,000 to 44 claimants. Swansea paid out more than £340,000 to 35 claimants. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has paid out almost £250,000 to 16 claimants.

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