By Dr Liz Davies
In Response to this post HERE
This is the first time I have read this report. All these years later it shocks me deeply. Herbert Laming was head of the Social Services Inspectorate at the time. He did a paper review and so would have been limited by which papers he received from the Council.
Please be assured we didn’t make it up. So much was never investigated – the police, who were working very well with me, were removed from one of the main investigations I was conducting into the most serious crimes against children you could ever imagine. Also the child protection police were very supportive of our work and other professionals such as paediatricians, GPs, teachers, probation officers, health visitors, lawyers and child psychiatrists were all working with us on the front line very closely and effectively. Yet, when reports were sent to the Islington Area Child Protection Committee – it found no evidence. The White report said there was no evidence and reported the police as stating the same thing at a time when I was working with police investigating organised abuse!
There must be professionals and survivors of the Islington scandal who could now come forward to Operation Fernbridge.
As I have said before, I am happy to respond to emails about Islington.
Dr Liz Davies
Reader in Child Protection
London Metropolitan University