Following more than 50 allegations of historical physical or sexual abuse at Beechwood Children’s Home, Mapperley, a man who claims he was sexually assaulted at former council-run children’s homes in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire has encouraged victims to come forward.  James Cleverley, 52, from Netherfield said he was forced to perform sex acts on the staff from the ages of 10 during his time in care in the 1970’s. 

The council has said appropriate action has been taken over the allegations. The statement from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham County Council added that there were no outstanding safeguarding concerns; however detectives are currently investigating claims by others at four other children’s homes. The homes, which have all since closed, were; Bracken House in Bulwell; Ranskill Gardens in Bestwood; Wood Nook in Beechdale, and Risley Hall, Derbyshire.

Mr Cleverley said he was sexually abused by staff in four of the homes. “I feel like I’ve been let down by the system,’ he said. “For someone to abuse me like that, I came to a stage were I felt it was natural. I hope something comes out of this investigation where we can get peace of mind. I want to get it all sorted out so I can start my life again.’

In 2011, six people said they had been abused at the former Beechwood Children’s Home in Mapperley, and since then 56 victims have come forward with allegations of abuse dating back 20 years, the police have said. Allegations are said to range from maltreatment, bullying, and intimidation to the sexual abuse of children by staff and residents. As the abuse is historic in nature some of the alleged perpetrators have since died.

The two local authorities have said in their statement: “A full and robust investigation is being undertaken into these allegations led by the police involving relevant agencies. However we would like to reassure the public that at all points in the inquiry our biggest priority has been to ensure that there are no outstanding safety concerns.’

Nottingham police have confirmed that twelve people have been questioned about the claims, but no charges had been brought.  

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By Jonathan Bridge,
Abuse Claim Solicitor