Ratcliffe Road Children’s Home, Leicester
Frank Beck was head of three children’s homes, the Poplars in Market Harborough; the Ratcliffe Road home in Leicester, and the Beeches in Leicester Forest East.
“It was a chance remark by a mother that sparked Britain’s biggest investigation into child abuse. The conversation between the woman, accused of ill-treating her son, and a Leicestershire council officer did not take place until 1989, three years after Beck resigned as head of three children’s homes, the Poplars in Market Harborough, the Ratcliffe Road home in Leicester, and the Beeches in Leicester Forest East.”
Frank Beck (died 31 May 1994, aged 52 years) was a convicted child sex offender in the United Kingdom. He was employed by the Leicestershire County Council as the officer-in-charge of several Children’s Homes in Leicestershire, between 1973 and 1986. Though holding only a ‘middle management’ grade within the hierarchy of Leicestershire Social Services, Beck quickly established an esteemed reputation among his professional peers as an innovative, dynamic and extraordinarily effective practitioner in dealing with the emotional and behavioural complexities of troubled young people placed in his charge. Beck was later at the centre of Britain’s biggest investigation into institutional child abuse, between 1989 and 1991.
“The conviction of Frank Beck on 29 November 1991 resulted in the establishment of two inquiries, one into the way in which the police had dealt with the allegations against Frank Beck and this one into all aspects of the management of children’s homes in Leicestershire County Council between 1973 and 1986.”
“A convicted child killer who sued Leicestershire County Council for damages over abuse he suffered in a children’s home has accepted an out-of-court settlement”