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A man who went from job to job in care homes abusing children in Edinburgh and Lanark has been jailed for 10 years.
Brian Dailey, 70, assaulted and sexually molested children he was supposed to be looking after during abuse spanning a decade from 1973.
At the High Court in Edinburgh he was earlier found guilty of three indecency offences against boys and a girl and a further two charges of assault.
Dailey was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
A judge told the pensioner: “You have been convicted of five charges which involve the persistent, calculated, manipulative and predatory sexual abuse of two young boys and one teenage girl in relation to all of whom you were in a clear position of trust.”
Lord Armstrong said the abuse inflicted on the boys included acts that would now be classified as rape and told the former councillor that he had callously robbed victims of their childhood.
The judge said that he took into account Dailey’s current age and that the offences were historical, but added: “Nevertheless these crimes of which you have been convicted are disturbing.”
Lord Armstrong said: “In the case of the boys you threatened them to ensure their silence.”
Police were first alerted to Dailey as a predator 25 years ago when the girl victim revealed he targeted her for sexual abuse.
He was also investigated over abuse allegations at a different home six years later and reported to prosecutors but no action was taken at the time.
Dailey, from Edinburgh, had originally denied a total of seven charges of indecent behaviour and assault involving five children during his earlier trial.
He was acquitted of two of the indecency charges against two boys on not proven verdicts but was found guilty of the other five offences.
He subjected his first victim to sexual abuse at a home in Lanark in 1973 and 1974 when the boy was aged 10 and 11. He carried out serious sex acts on the child and also attacked him and forced his head under water.
Dailey’s second victim was assaulted and sexually abused by him at a residential school run by an order of Catholic nuns in Edinburgh when he was aged seven and eight in 1974.
The third female victim was housed in a local authority children’s home in Edinburgh when she was subjected to repeated abuse from the age of 14 in 1982.
Defence counsel Derick Nelson said Dailey had been assessed now as posing a moderate risk of further offending and had health concerns.
He said: “Whatever the sentence imposed today it will, of course, be very difficult for him, particularly at his age.”
A spokesman for NSPCC Scotland said: “Justice has finally caught up with Dailey whose abhorrent crimes against a string of young and vulnerable children were not only reprehensible but an appalling abuse of trust.
“We hope his victims will feel some sort of solace following today’s sentence.
“Child abuse can have a devastating impact on victims, the ripple effects of which can last long into adulthood.
“It is never too late to speak out and it is vital that people who have suffered despicable abuse at the hands of criminals such as Dailey have the confidence to come forward by knowing that they will be listened to and supported by the authorities.”
A long-standing time bar which prevented victims of childhood abuse seeking civil legal action has been lifted.
Survivors of abuse which happened after 1964 previously only had a three-year window to pursue damages.
New laws coming into force have now changed that.
Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing said the time bar was “against the interests of justice for those who’d survived abuse”.
The three-year limit has been removed by the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill.
It allows the time bar to be lifted so long as the victim was a child under the age of 18 when they suffered sexual, physical or emotional abuse.
The pursuer must also be the person who has been abused – so relatives of victims who have since died will not be able to seek damages.
The individual responsible for carrying out the abuse can be sued directly, but damages can also be sought against employers for their current or former employees.
The new law applies to anyone who suffered abuse on or after 26 September 1964, but not to victims who were abused before that date.
The Scottish government has estimated a potential 2,200 victims will be affected by the change in the law.
An independent Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry into historical child abuse is currently under way, led by judge Lady Smith.
More than 60 institutions, including several top private schools and church bodies, are being investigated.
‘Courage of survivors’
Annabelle Ewing added: “Child abuse is the most horrific betrayal of our young people and, even where such crimes were committed decades ago, we will do all we can to help survivors get the justice they deserve.
“Police Scotland and the Crown continue to work tirelessly to bring perpetrators to justice through our criminal courts.
“And, while it may not be the right way forward for all, survivors may now be considering the option of accessing justice through the civil courts.
“This legal milestone would not have happened but for the courage of many adult survivors whose persistence and dedication have shone a light on the dark realities of child abuse.”
Joanne McMeeking, from the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (Celcis) at the University of Strathclyde, welcomed the introduction of the Act.
She said: “The abolishment of the time bar is the result of many years of successful campaigning by survivors.
“It is a welcome addition to the package of effective reparation as outlined in the Action Plan on Justice for victims of Historic Abuse of Children in Care.”
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Childhood sweethearts Sandy Smith and Jayne Taylor-Savery have both been supported by Future Pathway, helping them come to terms with abuse in a children’s home. UPDATED 09:51, 18 SEP 2017
ALMOST fifty years after they first met in a children’s home where they were abused by staff, a couple have been reunited.
Sandy Smith and Jayne Taylor-Savery, both 65, were both residents at the Quarriers Children’s Home in Bridge of Weir. Quarriers is one of many organisations that has recently apologised to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry about physical and sexual abuse inflicted upon some children in its care.
More than 60 institutions in Scotland are currently being investigated.
But survivors of abuse in care can now access support from a £13.5 million Future Pathways fund set up by the Scottish Government.
Sandy and Jayne have both benefitted from the fund, which has helped them access practical and emotional support to ease their suffering, a legacy of the trauma they both suffered as children.
They found each other again four years ago after reconnecting on an online forum for former residents of Quarriers.
“It is amazing and wonderful,” says Sandy. “Jayne was the girl I’d wanted for my wife from the beginning and almost 50 years later we have fallen in love again.”
Jayne added: “We have so much in common – not least our time at Quarriers.”
Both Sandy and Jayne have battled emotional trauma as a result of their childhoods – both are divorced and Sandy has suffered from depression.
But finding each other and accessing help from Future Pathways has been their lifeline.
“I don’t think I would have opened up if I didn’t have the protection of Future Pathways behind me,” says Jayne, who lives in Dundee.
Registered disabled, Jayne has received a mobility scooter by Future Pathways to improve her quality of life, which means Sandy no longer needs to push her wheelchair when they are out and can instead walk by her side.
And Sandy, who lost the use of one arm after a car accident, is set to undergo treatment to help him regain some mobility, again with funding from Future Pathways.
“They are compassionate and they are there 24-7. I am privileged to have Future Pathways in my life,” says Jayne.
Sandy adds: “When you are a victim there’s very little support and there’s so many people frightened to come forward to speak about it – it took me 50 years.
“But speak up for yourself, there’s nothing to be frightened of with Future Pathways there to offer support.”
Many victims of childhood abuse have grown up with opportunities denied, from basic education to the safety and security that others take for granted.
Hundreds have already come forward, but there could be hundreds more eligible for support.
Anyone over 18 who experienced abuse while living in care, which includes residential or foster care, boarding school – state or private – a long-term stay in hospital or time spent in a young offenders institution, can apply.
NOBEL PRIZE NOM ROBERT GREEN WRITES TO TIMES ABOUT THEIR SHAMEFUL HEATH DEFENCE
Rosie Waterhouse, 3rd degree connection
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Chester, United Kingdom
From: Robert Green
Sent: 25 September 2017 19:25
Subject: Fw: Rosie Waterhousei
Dear Mr Ivens,
This email concerns the disgraceful and misleading article in which unjustified attacks were made on both my reputation and that of Chief Constable Mike Veale, a gallant and professional police officer who is simply performing his duty in the face of nasty and ill-judged attacks from those who should know better.
Please feel free to contact me in the interests of fair play.
From: Robert Green
Sent: 25 September 2017 19:10
To: Gillespie, James
Subject: Rosie Waterhousei
I shall be writing to the editor about both the attack on my reputation contained within the poorly-researched article published yesterday.
As I mentioned in our conversation, I was particularly disturbed to learn of Rosie Waterhouse as one of its co-authors.
Ms Waterhouse has a long and notorious record in trying to continuously undermine the credibility of those who come forward to report satanist ritual abuse (SRA), despite the number of proven convictions for this type of crime.
I have listened to the testimonies of many victims and the many of the alleged crimes committed against them are simply too horrific to be widely spoken about in detail. Targets include the most vulnerable members of society including children, babies, foetuses and even some adults, who are often intimidated into silence by means of appalling threats or blackmail. The basic tactics of these criminals do not alter greatly.
Even more common, for obvious reasons, is the existence of the torture, mutilation and sacrifice of animals.
If the public were to learn the truth about the horror and scale of SRA, there would be a public outcry never before experienced in our country.
Instead, Rosie Waterhouse`s apparent mission is to use any means in order to publicly discredit probable victims. I suspect that your highlighted comment about the police interviewing “people who believe in satanic ritual abuse” as if it was merely a matter of personal opinion may be another example of this kind of inaccurate black propaganda, when the facts relating to convictions are quite clear that these types of crime not only exist, but are admitted by the Metropolitan Police as being under-reported.
Of course, you may show this email to Ms Waterhouse and she is free to make any comment she wishes in her defence. I do want to be fair about this concerning issue of misleading journalism.
I look forward to hearing from you about both a retraction over comments about me and clarification over the points that were clearly wrongly reported.
In Scotland Today Residential Orginizations that housed children as orphans or simply because the parents couldnt cope or was unwell has now started loosing the records i say this because since all the child abuse inquiries started throughout the uk many orginizations have apoligized for this abuse and many Survivors and victims of historical child abuse have been told we dont have your records. I wonder what the scottish goverment are going to do with this right or wrong survivors hold on to these memories and these records are proof they was actually at the establishment when serious sexal abuse took place or other types of abuse.
Lawyer criticises child abuse inquiry for not safeguarding evidence England.
Peter Swindon Group Investigations Writer
RECORDS from a children’s residential home in Edinburgh where children were sexually abused were destroyed by the city council despite strict regulations which stipulate that files must be retained for 100 years.
St Katharine’s was supposed to be a refuge for traumatised young girls but council carer Gordon Collins took advantage of his position of trust to groom, molest and rape teenagers between 1995 and 2006.
Another member of staff who worked there was jailed in 2008 for possessing 239 pictures and 70 video clips of children being abused. Around 30 of the images owned by Kevin Glancy showed the most extreme level of abuse, level five.
One former resident who was at St Katharine’s secure unit for a year in the late 1990s – when Glancy worked there – has revealed that on her first night “aggressive” male members of staff tried to strip-search her and she heard screams for help from other residents in nearby rooms. Last month she submitted a Freedom of Information request to obtain copies of records relating to her time in care but was told the files were “destroyed” due to an “administrative error”. The woman who is now in her 30s fears a “cover up” and called on the City of Edinburgh Council to reveal how many records were shredded. Her call for transparency has been backed by organisations that support survivors of child abuse.
St Katharine’s is one of eight local authority establishments under investigation by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. The inquiry is also looking into eight institutions run by religious orders, six boarding schools and four charities including Barnardo’s and Quarriers.
In response to the former St Katharine’s resident’s Freedom of Information (FOI) request an Information Rights Officer said: “I am afraid that upon searching for your information it became apparent that historic information relating to your time at St Katharine’s Unit has been destroyed”.
The Information Rights Officer noted in the letter that it is “normal practice to keep information relating to children in care for a period of 100 years” and blamed an “administrative error” for the failure to retain files. The council worker “profusely apologised” and pledged that the local authority’s Records Management team would carry out a review.
The woman who submitted the FoI has asked not to be identified, but she told the Sunday Herald: “I was shocked. My worry is it’s a cover up and I want to know how widespread it is. I really want to know exactly when my files were destroyed and who worked in the office at the time.”
She is not ready to speak about what happened to her while at St Katharine’s but said on her first night “two aggressive male staff members who towered over my 15-year-old frame told me they needed to perform a strip-search”. She resisted and was locked in a room overnight where she heard “banging and horrific screams for help coming from the room next door.”
St Katharine’s became notorious after it came to light that former employee Gordon Collins abused children between 1995 and 2006. He carried out the attacks at two council-run residential units – St Katharine’s Secure Unit and Northfield Young Persons Unit. Four girls were assaulted, aged between 13 and 15. One girl was told she was beautiful, and given cigarettes and sweets. Another was molested over the course of a year.
One of the victims was raped after Collins went into her room at night. The teenager – who had been placed in the home after a series of violent attacks by her stepfather – was repeatedly raped by Collins over the course of a year.
Collins was jailed for six years in June last year, then the sentence was increased to 10 years by Lord Brodie following an unsuccessful appeal in November. Brodie said Collins “committed an appalling series of offences involving the predatory sexual abuse of four vulnerable teenaged girls” when he was “in a position of trust” and noted that Collins has “shown no remorse and continues to deny responsibility for the offences”.
Another former St Katharine’s employee, Kevin Glancy, was jailed for 15 months and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years in 2008 for possessing child pornography. Sheriff Elizabeth Jarvie said at the time: “It’s quite clear that the children involved here had been the subject of serious abuse. You are part of the audience that perpetrates that such abuse is sustained.”
The Sunday Herald contacted the Information Rights Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council, Douglas Stephen, who confirmed that the local authority had launched an investigation into why files were destroyed. He also warned that the destruction of records may be more widespread. Stephen said: “Unfortunately we don’t know if it’s an isolated incident. There is a team investigating. It’s particularly unfortunate that this has happened and we are offering support. I don’t think it’s a systematic error, it appears to be an administrative error. Something has gone wrong and we need to find out what has happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Alan Draper of the organisation In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS) said the destruction of children’s records is “potentially criminal”. He said: “To claim that it was an administrative error is an unacceptable excuse. I suspect it is probably widespread. It seems rather convenient to destroy records from a time period when abuse was taking place. The abuse inquiry must hold people to account for these organisational failures. The destruction of records also raises questions about whether it was deliberate and whether police should be investigating.”
David Whelan of FBGA (Former Boys and Girls Abused of Quarriers Homes) said destruction of records will be a “major issue” for the abuse inquiry. Whelan was abused in care and spent two years battling for his records before Glasgow Social Care Services admitted there were none. He said: “There are huge concerns about organisations getting rid of records which could be used in the inquiry as evidence. In some cases these records could have helped with the investigations. This new evidence that records were destroyed by this local authority raises further concerns about how widespread the problem is. The fact that it’s relatively recent makes it all the more serious. You would not expect records to disappear after the 1980s. The destruction of records also raises questions about why they were destroyed, particularly in relation to this case.”
Dave Sharp, who is a spokesman for SAFE (Seek And Find Everyone abused in childhood), which is working to encourage abuse survivors to contact the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “There are many people including myself who have spent years trying to get hold of records of our time in institutions in Scotland. The effect this has on your life is devastating. There are many examples of adults who have come forward years after being abused looking for their records to try and get some kind of understanding of what happened to them.
“If you search online for facts and figures about historical child abuse in any country and in any language you will be bombarded with information about the wheres and whys – but when you start asking questions in Scotland you are met with this great big brick wall of silence. Everyone has to wake up and see what has gone on. There are far more organisations, including local authorities, that were involved in the destroying of records than people really think. This is yet another reason why there has to be a national public awareness campaign about the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.”
Janine Rennie, Chief Executive of Wellbeing Scotland, a charity which supports survivors of abuse, said: “Records are evidence which can help survivors in achieving justice, either criminal or civil. The destruction of records is not an administrative failing, it is destruction of evidence, intentionally or in error. It is happening too often and to ensure justice and redress for survivors for the harm caused, those responsible for destroying records must be held to account.”
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said: “The statutory requirement on local authorities is to retain records for 100 years relating to a child who is looked after…the Scottish Government would expect all local authorities to comply with this statutory duty.”
A spokeswoman for City of Edinburgh Council apologised for the “administrative error” and said they are “investigating the circumstances which led to the error”, as well as providing support to the woman affected.
A spokesman for COSLA, the association of local authorities, said: “We are fully committed to working with both survivors and agencies to ensure the removal of barriers to justice for survivors of historical child abuse. We fundamentally support the coming Limitation Act and recognise that a key aspect of implementing this legislation is access to files and records. We know this requires transparency and sensitivity and councils will do everything in their power to make records available.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said it has “invested in a wide-ranging public information campaign” and is encouraging survivors to call 0800 0929300 or emailing email@example.com
Councils in Scotland systematically destroyed care home records
A report into abuse in Scottish children’s homes found that senior council staff in Scotland ordered the destruction of records.
The dossier – Historical Abuse Systemic Review Residential Schools and Children’s Homes in Scotland 1950 to 1995 – by Tom Shaw, former chief inspector of education in Northern Ireland, said: “Some people in key positions, such as senior managers, seemed to lack understanding about the significance of records, what records existed and where. Some senior people in local authorities, voluntary and religious organisations were guarded and even unwilling to help. The review also learned that senior people had ordered records to be destroyed.”
The Public Records (Scotland) Act 1937 was the main law in place to ensure preservation of public records during the period of the review.
The report, published in 2007, said: “The absence of adequate public records legislation means that local authorities aren’t consistent in how they deal with archives or manage records. Many have archives, but archivists complain of lack of funding and of little value being placed on their work. There is no guidance on how to identify and keep records and when it’s acceptable to destroy records.”
The review’s survey of local authority archivists revealed a litany of problems with retaining records. All records after 1996 are on recycled paper, which is “unlikely to survive in the long term”, the report said. One archive holds no records specific to children’s residential establishments, and attempts to find the information from council departments failed. Another archivist said they were instructed to destroy records in 2004.
The report also noted that: “Senior people working in social work departments had ordered records associated with children’s residential services to be destroyed. These included children’s files and management records.”
“I sat on my bed, terrified, not sure what was happening to the girl next door, wondering if I would be next.”
The words below are extracts from writing by the former St Katharine’s resident who submitted the FOI but discovered her records had been destroyed. She has asked not to be named.
“Yesterday, I sat in therapy, discussing this feeling I have that I am invisible, insignificant, that I could disappear and nobody would notice. That I am inferior to everybody else, that there’s something different about me that makes me less than human.
“These beliefs don’t come from nowhere. A lot of them can be traced back to the time I spent in a secure unit when I was a teenager. I had been placed there after spending several years being moved around different hospitals struggling with an eating disorder and several suicide attempts.
“I had been told I was going to a secure unit for my own safety, but I wasn’t told what this really meant, or what it would be like when I got there. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened on my arrival.
“I was taken to an ‘interview room’ that was more like a cupboard where I sat across from two aggressive male staff members who towered over my 15-year-old frame. They told me they needed to perform a strip-search before I could enter the unit. I refused, and insisted on a female member of staff being present. Nobody had requested this before and I was locked in this suffocating room for hours before a female staff member was found in a nearby children’s home. ‘Welcome to secure,’ I was told.
“I was then taken to my room and told that because of the trouble I’d caused, there would be a delay before someone could come search my belongings and they would come back later. I was locked in my room, sitting on my mattress, waiting. Nobody came back that night. I listened as everyone got ready for bed, shouting threats at each other and the ‘new bitch’ who’d delayed their cigarette break. I listened to banging and horrific screams for help coming from the room next door. I sat on my bed, terrified, not sure what was happening to the girl next door, wondering if I would be next.
“I have never been as scared in my life as I was that night. Nor have I ever felt so vulnerable, so powerless, so alone. It hit me like a thousand bricks that I was trapped, and although people knew where I was, I had no way of getting out or calling for help. I felt like a ghost. I had vanished from my own life.
“My memories of the months that followed are patchy. My fear levels shot through the roof that night and did not come down.
Part of processing this experience involved putting in a request recently to see my files from that time in my life. I wanted to know what was documented, what gaps in my own memories could be filled in.
“I received a letter yesterday from my local authority telling me that due to an admin error, all my records have been destroyed. Deleted. As if they didn’t matter. As if they were irrelevant. As if they were too much bother to deal with so why not just get rid of them. As if they were young people who were just ‘too difficult to cope with’.
“Files and records can be destroyed but experiences have a lasting impact. If I don’t share my story I might not realise that it’s like your story. Or his story. Or part of her story. If I don’t share my story, it stays my secret and my shame. And I stay invisible. Instead of coming into the light, and hoping that others will join me.”
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A lawyer for victims at the facility in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, drew similarities with the notorious Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey.
Stuart Gale QC told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry there was evidence of a “Quarriers way” similar to the “Jersey way” of protecting powerful figures and preventing whistle-blowing.
Speaking during closing statements of phase one of the inquiry, he also said survivors are disappointed with the “weasel words” used by some organisations to avoid issuing full, unequivocal apologies for abuse under their care.
More than 20 former residents of Quarriers during the 1970s have complained of abuse.
Gale said Quarriers “continue to underplay the extent of abuse that occurred within the institution and the attendant failures of their systems to prevent abuse.”
Victims have criticised Quarriers and numerous other organisations for the lack of record-keeping at the time of the abuse and possible removal of records in later years.
Mr Gale added: “We cannot understate the further harm caused to survivors by the intimidation of witnesses in the criminal trials and the tactics deployed on behalf of Quarriers in the civil litigations, which were designed to doubt the evidence of those whose abusers had been convicted.”
Quarriers were contacted but could not be reached for comment.