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Care home sexual abuse survivor speaks out after council delays payout – South London News

A woman who was raped and subjected to physical violence in children’s care home spoke out after local authorities delayed paying compensation.

The 57-year-old, who was represented by law firm Andrew Grove and Co Solicitors, was allegedly paid by Greenwich The council adopted the resolution on June 21, after almost two years of legal proceedings.

Having received payment several weeks after the agreed due date, lawyers accused local authorities of “prolonging” her suffering.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is a former resident of Frant Court Children’s Home who claims she was sexually and physically abused by staff in the 1980s.

She told the South London Press: “It’s hurtful, rude and shows a lack of awareness and commitment to changing the childcare system today and in the future.”

Frant Court was a children’s home in East Sussex for teenage girls from difficult backgrounds. It was owned and run by Greenwich Council.

One care worker, James Cruickshank Boyes, was convicted in 2011 of two counts of rape and 13 indecent assaults on female residents at the care home.

But lawyers at Andrew Grove and Co say their investigation found other staff also abused residents.

The woman said: “I never had any support at the time. I tried therapy for years – sometimes it helped, sometimes it didn’t.”

The woman said that since leaving the care home her life has been marked by violence in relationships, alcohol and drug abuse and homelessness.

Five years ago she approached Andrew Grove and Co who were able to negotiate and settle her claim against Greenwich Council by the end of May 2024. The basis of the agreement was that the funds should be paid by 21 June.

The woman said: “I went to a lawyer because I wanted closure – I wanted someone to acknowledge what happened to me.

“I don’t understand why the council resisted and told me to fight.”

The 57-year-old, who suffers from heart and lung disease, said she would use the money to buy a mobility scooter, which she cannot afford.

Katherine Yates, of Andrew Grove and Co Solicitors, said she was pleased her client had achieved some closure but was unhappy about the delay.

She said: “This is unacceptable and shows contempt not only for basic contract law but also for my client, who has suffered numerous abuses in the Frant court and feels that as a result of this delay she continues to be the victim of abuse.”

A Greenwich Council spokesman said: “We take our responsibilities to the children in our care, both past and present, very seriously. Compensation has been paid and we apologise for the delay and any further distress and anxiety this has caused the survivor.”

Andrew Grove & Co Solicitors continue to encourage survivors of Frant Court who have not yet come forward to contact them by phone on 01223 367133 or 07810 224545 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected]. All claims are funded on a no win no fee basis.

Pictured above: Greenwich Council (Photo: Google Street View)



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