Pentre Saeson Children’s Home, Bryn Alyn Community

Pentre Saeson Children’s Home, Bryn Alyn Community, Wrexham

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Also see Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd

Homes abuse victims lose damages
Six victims of sex abuse at the Bryn Alyn children’s homes in north Wales have been told they will receive little of the compensation awarded to them.
The former Bryn Alyn home

Children were abused at Bryn Alyn in the 1970s and 1980s
Six victims of sex abuse at the Bryn Alyn children’s homes in north Wales have been told they will receive little of the compensation awarded to them.

The victims were awarded £200,000 damages between them in 2001, but did not receive the money because the company that owned the homes went bust.

The Appeal Court has ruled that Bryn Alyn’s insurance firm is not liable to meet the compensation awards in full.

In 1995, Bryn Alyn’s boss John Allen was convicted of child sex abuse.

The abuse suffered by dozens of residents of children’s homes across north Wales emerged in 1995 when the homes’ boss, John Allen, was convicted of a series of indecent assaults.

He was jailed for six years for attacks on children which took place between 1972 and 1983.

John Allen

John Allen served six years in prison for sex assaults

Allen was head of Bryn Alyn Community, a limited company which operated a total of 11 residential children’s homes in north east Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire.

These included Bryn Alyn Hall, Cotsbrook Community Hall, Pentre Saeson Hall, Bryntririon Hall and Gatewen – all in and around Wrexham.

Six of the victims of abuse at the homes were between them awarded almost £200,000 damages in 2001.

But London’s Appeal Court ruled on Friday that after Bryn Alyn went into liquidation in 1997, its insurers Royal and Sun Alliance Plc were not liable to compensate them for abuse suffered at the hands of Allen or the “principals” of any of the other homes within the group.

‘Deliberate acts’

It was ruled that under the insurance policy, the company is not liable to pay compensation for “deliberate acts” carried out by members of the management.

Although the insurance company must still pay the six for any abuse they suffered at the hands of employees lower down the management scale, the Appeal Court’s ruling means they will only receive a fraction of the damages they were originally awarded.

One victim who was awarded £37,500 in 2001, will receive a much smaller amount for the abuse he suffered during his three years at Pentre Saeson home because his abusers, including Allen, were too high up the management scale.

John Allen is free now – his victims will never be
Victims’ solicitor Billhar Uppal

Upholding an appeal by Royal and Sun Alliance, Lord Justice Scott Baker said the company was under no obligation to compensate victims of “deliberate acts” perpetrated by Allen and others at management level.

The judge said “right thinking people would regard it as abhorrent” for the company that ran the homes to be covered by insurers against losses created by the “deliberate acts” of Allen.

Lord Justice Baker said: “Suppose Allen had deliberately burnt down one of the homes – we cannot see that the company could recover under the policy.”

Billhar Uppal the solicitor representing some of the victims of sexual abuse at Bryn Alyn said the court’s ruling was “a bitter pill to swallow”.

Mr Uppal said: “After a 10-year battle it is a sour end. We are very seriously looking at whether we can appeal the decision. “The effect of the judgement and its ramifications in terms of childcare is very serious.”

He added: “John Allen is free now – his victims will never be.”

03/11/06 BBC News

3 responses to “Pentre Saeson Children’s Home, Bryn Alyn Community

  1. Lyn

    I was the very first girl to go to pentre season and waited 3 months before a second girl to arrive I was told to put my wardrobe against my bedroom door only to have a staff door which could enter my room whenever they choose plus most of the staff were grown men I was 13 / 14 at the time but also filled me with fear but I was told by other children u shouldnt do this I spent most of my days alone being the only girl they put me in a scary situation and I shall not go into detail

  2. john

    41 years ago aged eight was sent here before going to Bryn Alan,then fostered by two of the workers.Was one of the firsts kids to be placed in a secure cell which was in the centre of the building.Not a nice place from my memory…No memory of Bryn Alan but had a dogs life being fostered by Denis and Aideen Jones.

  3. i was in pentra saeson and i had alot of stuff goin on in there to mess my head up and me bing left up in the hills at night by patrick a staff member and vicky asking to rub her bac under her top and melcom always hitting me

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