The Oaks Centre Children’s Home (Kinton Approved School/Kinton ), Woking

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The Oaks Centre Children’s Home, Woking,  aka Kinton Approved School and Kinton Community Home with Education (Kinton CHE) (thanks to Graham for this correction).

The National Association for Young People in Care (naypic) received allegations of abuse at this institution.

Victims of paedophile to sue council

TWO victims of a man jailed two weeks ago for abusing boys in his charge at a Surrey school are to pursue their grievances through  the civil courts.

Keith Hammerton, 69, of Battersea was jailed for six years on November 1 for sexual offences he committed against boys while employed as a housemaster at Kinton approved school in Mayford in the 1970s.

Now two of his victims, who wish to remain anonymous for the time being, are to bring civil actions against Surrey County Council, which ran the school.

Lawyer for the pair will be Tracey Emmott of Luton-based firm Pictons, a specialist in child abuse law and a panel member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

She has been instructed by two former pupils of Kinton School to bring an action on behalf of the men for the trauma and distress they suffered at the hands of Hammerton for about three years.

“My clients were preyed upon by someone whose job it was to care for vulnerable,” Ms Emmott said. “He took advantage of his position of authority over them, subjecting them to regular and sustained sexual abuse.

Get Surrey 16/11/06


A CARE worker who lured boys into sex with the promise of alcohol at a Woking care home was jailed for six years on Tuesday.

Guildford Crown Court heard how Keith Hammerton, 69, from Battersea, sexually abused boys in his care at the Kinton Boys’ Home in Mayford in the 1970s.

The court heard how Hammerton would invite as many as three boys at a time to his room to perform sex acts on him in return for beer from a barrel he kept there. He would perform sex acts on them too.

For the prosecution, Joanna Cutts said Hammerton, then employed by Surrey County Council as a house warden at the home, would, smelling strongly of alcohol, wake boys and expose himself before inviting them to his room to smoke, drink and abuse them.

Ms Cutts said Hammerton, a loner who had few friends, made one victim, who he abused regularly while he was aged 14 and 15, perform oral sex on him in the boy’s mother’s kitchen during a weekend visit.

Get Surrey 02/11/06

ER warden at a children’s care home in Woking was warned on Tuesday that  he faced jail after admitting a string of sex attacks on teenage boys in the 1970s.

Keith Hammerton, 69, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of indecent assault involving two victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at the home and one count of battery against a third boy.

The pensioner was due to stand trial last week but skipped his bail and disappeared from his home at Connors Court in Alfreda Street, Battersea, failing to turn up for his trial first scheduled for last Monday.

Hammerton was on the run for more than a week and fled to Ireland but he was arrested at Gatwick Airport as he returned to this country at the weekend.

He was brought back before a judge at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday, where he changed his pleas to guilty.

Get Surrey 12/10/06

123 responses to “The Oaks Centre Children’s Home (Kinton Approved School/Kinton ), Woking

  1. Paula Langdale

    Dose anyone remember Jacob Jacob’s ? Dose anyone know if he’s still alive?

  2. Pauline Robinson

    I’ve just tried but it’s not coming up. I vaguely remember you, I think we’re about the same age

  3. graeme

    Applied for copies of my care records from Surrey social services. Received their official reply today, No records exist. That was a complete waste of £10 then … £10 being the fee that Surrey SSD charge for a subject access request) Apparently NO records exist for anyone that was in their care prior to 1991 as they were all deleted – that’s convenient for them I guess!

    • Orville

      Hi Graeme.I was placed in the care of Ealing Social Services in 1970.I was sent to Mayford Approved School in 1971 (renamed Kinton in 1972)

      In 2013 l applied for a copies of my Social Services Records from Ealing Social Services wish I received with no problems.

      I remained with Ealing Social services even though I was living in Surry.

      • graeme

        Hi Orville,
        glad to hear that you had better luck obtaining your historic care records than i initially did.
        After Surry SSD’s first negative response i approached the imformation commisioner for guidance which seemed to galvanize Surrey SSD into miraculously locating a smallish file (approx 30 pages) on my time in their care in the early 1980’s.
        My conclusion is that even today some 35years after these shameful events occured Surrey Social Services default position is to obstruct at every opportunity.
        The law is quite clear and catagoric regarding subject access requests therefore it really shouldn’t require the intervention of the imformation commisioner to force a public body to comply with statute.
        Have things changed… are the kids of today free from abuse?
        Sadly, i fear not.

      • graeme

        A snippet fro my recently received care records. Penned by my key worker March 1981.
        “Graeme is by nature a loner and a boy of few words , therefore i was surprised when one day i found him parading up and down a corridor wearing nothing but female underwear and lots of make-up”
        Of course this incident is totally ficticious – you’ll just have to take my word for that guys).What it does show though is that way too many residential social workers back then were mentally unstable.
        Peter Laws – senior residential social worker employed by Surrey Social Services NAMED & SHAMED!
        If you are reading this Peter Laws and you are not liking it then sue me because i will happily name and shame you again in open court. I will also require no prompting to reveal in detail your many sordid preferences.

  4. claire

    im really stuggling with all this now its come bk into my life with the police im having bad flash bks and i wish this wasnt happening at my age im now 42 and thought that part of my life was buried but it right in my face again i feel helpless worried about seeing them men again after all these years , please let me no im ot alone on this as iv read all the blog and i cant be the only one feeling like this x

    • Pauline Robinson

      Same, see your GP and ask about rapid eye movement therapy it is really good for PTSD

      • claire

        iv been friday they just uped my anti depressants and diazis for anxiety , i cant wait till this is over and another thing everyone needs to no on here iv been in contact with another solicitor and we as a group have a case to sue surrey county coun cil so pass this on as the more of us together is better they said add me on fb and ill send you the link x

      • claire

        where you in with me ?

    • graeme

      You are most definitely not alone Claire. Whether it be in this life or the next i’m 100% sure that at some point the guilty will be called to account for their actions.

  5. Warren mitchell

    You ain’t alone . This has just cost me my 18 year relationship last October 😩
    So sad and feeling quite vulnerable right now !

  6. Louisa Louisa Fields

    I believe the whole system is responsible

  7. Warren mitchell

    Had to go for another interview last Monday at woking and man my head fucking hurts now ! And they wonder why we turned out the way we did .
    They have now destroyed my life all over again!!

  8. Kelly Beckett

    I was In that place gateston (can’t spell), But my life is still upsideupside,properly always will,so thanks a lot for the scar’s I treasure them NOT!!

  9. graeme

    FTAO site owner,
    I’ve received a letter from Surrey Police in relation to some of my comments in this blog. It appears that the owner/s of this blog have forwaded my name and email to them without my consent.
    Being Police and armed with my name and email address it was not a major chalange for them to then locate my home address which as already mentioned resulted in a letter from them arriving at my home.
    Care to respond?

    • graeme

      One quick further point to add to my above post, my reasons for not informing the Police about the extensive abuse that i was forced to endure as a child in the care of Surrey social services has a lot to do with an incident in 1983 when i went into Mitchum police station in south London as a runaway from a surrey ssd home and pleaded with the officers for help – i not only told them about the abuse that i was running away from, i also told them the abusers names and positions in the home.
      Did the Police help me or even believe me? DID THEY FUCK!!
      All they would have needed to do was have me examined by a Doctor and they would have had all of the proof that they needed.
      What did they actually do? they made me a cup of tea then put me in a room for a few hours – not a cell thankfully just a room with the door left ajar. Some hours later into the room came a policeman and two social workers from the home that i had ran away from – one of the social workers was one of my abusers! An unruly certificate was issued to me and i was handed over. Thanks for SWEET FUCK ALL Surrey Police.

  10. graeme

    Correction to my above post. Timeline should have read 1980 not 1983.
    This is my final post / comment to the Needle blog.

  11. Bill

    Andy Slater in his brown leather jacket with his little XR2…..Dirty Bastard!!!

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