Pindown, Operation Thor and the cover up of Child Sexual Abuse in Staffordshire’s Childrens Homes

cathy fox blog on child abuse


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Staffordshires “Pindown” scandal was a milestone in public perception about child abuse and what happened in childrens homes.  It was exposed in 1990 on World In Action with about 18 million viewers and shocked the nation.

An Inquiry was commissioned by the County Council to look into the controversial method of keeping children in rooms for days on end, with no communication with other children, having to knock on the door to use the toilet and with few clothes – the Pindown technique.

The Inquiry covered the time period Nov 1983 – Oct 1989. It was held in private, but with a public report [1.13]. The reason for the dates is not clear.

42 days into the inquiry, on Oct 5 1990 [1.12] the terms of reference were widened to include an investigation of child sexual abuse. These concerns had been around…

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