It would be a mistake to think that this kind of child sexual abuse organised by council staff is unique to Lambeth. There are indications that staff in other local authorities were complicit in child sexual abuse and exploitation in a similar organised manner.
The dismissal of implicated staff for non-related reasons like breaching ‘the council’s equal opportunities policy’ is just one way councils have covered up child abuse in the past. Michael John Carroll, former officer in charge of Angell Road children’s home in Lambeth was dismissed for ‘financial irregularities’ before going on to abuse boys in another home in Merseyside.
Clearly the need for mandatory reporting is obvious.
Also don’t let’s forget that a former Labour minister in Tony Blair’s government who is now a member of the House of Lords is also implicated in child sexual abuse of boys in Lambeth.
Details of an internal investigation documenting allegations of sexual assaults and abuse carried out by officers within Lambeth council in the 1990s have been revealed. They include:
:: There were two sites on Lambeth council property used to carry out sexual assaults. They were used for this purpose “on many occasions over the years”.
:: Two private removal firms were “frequently” on site, and were believed to have removed evidence of equipment used during sexual assaults, and washed the area down. One firm had keys to all internal lockers, including a cabinet where evidence in a criminal case was kept and later went missing.
:: Items handed to police following the rape of a female member of staff by a colleague on council premises included a semen-stained blanket, soiled tissues, cassettes and a penknife.
:: Bulic Forsythe, a manager in the housing department, told colleagues he was going to “spill the beans” after a visit to one of these sites.
He clashed with an individual who held a senior position and is named in the report as the head of the ring involved in abuse, and then moved from the housing department to social services.
Whilst in social services Bulic told another colleague he believed the individual in housing could still ‘get to him’. After his death in 1993, colleagues reported that a report he had compiled went missing from his office.
:: Three male employees, including one in a senior position, were suspended from their jobs in the housing department as a result of the internal investigation.
Despite the findings of rape and sexual assault, and possessing indecent images of children, they were suspended on grounds of a ‘breach of the council’s equal opportunities policy’.
:: The report recommends a criminal investigation into the allegations of rape, child rape and images of abuse. The Metropolitan Police has confirmed no investigation was ever undertaken at the time.