In the boarding schools of the Lambeth Board of Trustees in London, cases of violence, including sexual violence, against hundreds of children were identified between 1960 and 2000. About it reported in the report of the Independent Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
The investigation brought charges of sexual and physical abuse against 529 employees of London boarding schools. In one of the institutions – Shirley Oaks – 177 former employees were charged. The basis was the complaints of 705 former residents, while the exact number of victims is unknown. In 40 years, the board of trustees has fired only one employee accused of sexual harassment.
During this time, the boarding school in Shirley Oaks managed to be marked by the violent death of one of its wards. The baby, codenamed LA-A2, was found dead in a bathroom in 1977. Then the Lambeth Council concealed from the coroner that the boy was sexually abused by the director of the boarding school, Donald Hosegood. Public hearings in this particular case decided to refer the investigation to the London police to clarify the circumstances of the child’s death.
“These children became pawns in the poisonous game of power within the Lambeth Council, which was covered up by London officials,” said Independent Investigator Professor Alexis Jones. According to her, there were no internal investigations of crimes in the boarding schools, because the top members of the board of trustees were busy with a “political struggle” for power and subsidies from the budget. Based on the results of public hearings, Lambeth’s board of trustees was advised to improve the approach to recruiting and vetting staff and foster parents.
In July 2021, a pedophile Ismael Dario Lopera was arrested in Colombia, who for years raped the pupils of a kindergarten in the city of Medellin. He worked as a kitchen assistant and raped 21 children in his 3 years in office. Each of them was less than four years old.