Although things could hardly have got worse. I am not however entirely convinced by the reassurances that all is now well in Rotherham. It was also admitted that in Rotherham, the police had completely ignored what was going on and in some cases had actively colluded — teenagers who had been raped and threatened with immolation by their rapists were told to piss off by the police when they tried to report the serious offences that had been committed against them. The education authorities will have known as well and the Third sector organisations.
As with the activities of the paedophiles and their friends in north Wales, most of Rotherham will have known. Inspections of health and social services can provide a fair and accurate reflection, but inspections are equally capable of maintaining that all is well in very troubled, even dangerous, services.
When Sharon Shoesmith appeared on the Radio 4 PM programme immediately after the Baby P disaster, one of the first things that she did in her interview with Eddie Mair was to tell him that the shambles over which she presided was a three star service or it may even have been a four star service. Thomas emphasised that the common characteristic of the people who abused the children in Rotherham was that they were abusers. Whilst I was glad to hear him stress this, there is of course another common theme throughout ALL the big UK child care scandals — that the abuse happened to kids in care and social workers knew about it but ignored it.
No-one dares mention this. Alexis Jay — the social worker who is now Chairing the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, which is falling apart after lawyers and survivors have walked out.
Derbyshire Social Services had a problem with child abuse in its child care service in the s and 80s at least and there were connections between some of those who abused children in north Wales and paedophiles in Derbyshire. John Jillings, who carried out in the investigation into child abuse in Clwyd, was the former Director of Derbyshire Social Services. Councillors were told that if the insurance was withdrawn they would be personally liable for damages if any former kids in care sued, would be bankrupted and lose their homes.
Beloff advised that Malcolm King — a Labour Councillor from Wrexham who had asked some very difficult questions about the paedophile gang in north Wales — should be sacked if he ever discovered the contents of the Report and disclosed them. Just for good measure, Clwyd County Council was abolished at the same time as the Jillings Report was submitted. The Jillings Report was pulped but just a few years ago someone actually turned up with a copy and it was made available.
It was very, very heavily redacted but the conclusion was that horrific abuse had taken place in north Wales since , had almost certainly dated back well before then as well and that what had happened to children in care was indefensible.
However Jillings refused to say whether there was evidence of a paedophile ring at work. Jillings began his inquiry in The man who allegedly confessed to starting the fire was hit by a lorry and killed days later. One man who survived the fire and claimed that witnesses to the abuse in north Wales were being murdered was subsequently found dead shortly after giving evidence at the trial of John Allen — the owner and manager of the Bryn Alyn Community and a key figure in the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal — days before he was due to receive a payment from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
So perhaps we can understand why no-one could bring themselves to admit that a paedophile ring with links to serious organised crime was in operation in north Wales. He may well not have participated in it, but he will have known that it was happening. Before working for Derbyshire, Ian was a member of the senior leadership team at Trafford Council — he joined Trafford in They are members of the Mafia of Drips who have spent their careers watching children in their care being abused.
I very much doubt that was true — between , Rotherham Councillors had allowed at least 1, teenagers in their care to be plied with alcohol and drugs and then battered and gang raped by serious criminals. The Council will not have been welcoming anyone who looked as though they might get to the bottom of that. The College of Social Work is endemically hopeless, if it were anything but endemically hopeless social work would not be in its current sorry state. I rather gained the impression that it was serious organised crime and corruption in the Council, the police force and just about every other body in Rotherham.
That is the crux of the problem. I spent 30 years watching drip after drip respond in an Ian-like way when I told people what was going on in north Wales. Some years ago I met two retired Gwynedd social workers socially through a chapel without realising at first that they had literally worked with the paedophile gang.
They did of course know all about Dafydd and made no attempt to defend him at all — they remembered him as a monster whom everybody would have very much liked to have seen the back of. The woman whom we were discussing was known to be a highly abusive person — her colleague to whom I was talking must have known about the mountain of serious complaints.
Keith Fearns was the leader of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team who threatened and abused the clients and perjured themselves in attempts to have people imprisoned. A male nurse alleged that Fearns had physically assaulted him. The decisive Fearns was a very nasty piece of work who was assisting a vicious paedophile gang. Problems like this cannot be remedied by a mutual cup of Fairtrade coffee and a bit more continuing professional development in mindfulness-based practice.
Furthermore, because the professions of health and social care have been allowed to become this dysfunctional, nearly everybody within is part of the Mafia of Drips. The nurse who blew the whistle on the biggest mental healthcare scandal in the UK in recent years has just been sacked and struck off the nursing register for having sex with her own husband. Not one colleague has stuck their head up above the parapet to declare that this is bonkers and dangerous. Finance Officer, London Borough of Newham, Finance and Project Officer, Base 51 health info for Nottingham teenagers , So Ian witnessed the financial transactions of the NSPCC, as well as the London Borough Councils of Newham and Tower Hamlets when they were doing business with John Allen and the Bryn Alyn Community and continued to send children in care into the arms of Allen and his paedophile gang even after complaints and deaths.
Ian dispensed health information to teenagers in Nottinghamshire shortly after the Satanic Panic in that city and then he ran the finances of the paedophiles of Derbyshire. Ian is either Of Them or he is a Master of Disguise. When Ian was appointed to the post at Rotherham, two of his senior colleagues from Derbyshire County Council went with him. Mel joined Rotherham in May Yet in Malcolm Newsam was at the centre of a spat himself. Newsam was being paid k per day. That is a great deal of money.
The troubleshooter deserved the danger money as well, they gave him hell. But then again, even the best troubleshooter has an enormous task on their hands if the whole region has colluded with organised crime for years and some of the officials who did so are now sitting in Parliament. Whether Ian Thomas is a member of the Mafia of Drips or not, there was someone who did do something worthwhile in Rotherham and that was the lawyer who successfully prosecuted many members of the Rotherham gang who terrorised and abused so many underaged girls.
He has a mountain to climb. I continue to uncover more members of the Mafia of Drips. And superb nosh-ups for politicians as well presumably. So Nia will have known about everything that I found out about.
She will have known that children in north Wales from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds were being abandoned by both Gwynedd Social Services and the schools and that there were a small number of near destitute quite young children who would actually visit the students halls of residences to go begging.
Friars School did not like the kids from families in difficulty, did not want them in the school and did nothing even when the staff knew that the kids were being ill treated or had even been abandoned by their parents. When the kids stopped coming to school no questions were asked. Whilst I lived in north Wales I spoke to many people from different generations who went to Friars and this two tier system seemed to have operated for decades.
Some men over the age of about 50 also described incredibly brutal practices, even in comparison to the education of boys in an era when it was routine to hit them. One Jewish man from Anglesey who came to north Wales as a refugee from the Nazis told of how at Friars one particular teacher constantly assaulted him, told him in front of the class that he ought to be sent back to Germany because Mr Hitler knew how to deal with Jews and on one occasion threw him down a fire escape, causing injury.
I heard about all this in a public lecture in Bangor and there were a number of other elderly former Friars pupils who all remembered this teacher and testified to his brutality. Nia Griffith trained as a teacher many years after the Jewish refugee was treated so badly, but I knew people who did teacher training in Bangor shortly after Nia — they told me the horror stories of the children who were being mistreated by social workers and of certain schools and teachers who were not conducting themselves as they should.
It was like the stories about the North Wales Hospital Denbigh — if you lived in Bangor in the s you heard about it.
Nia did not grow up on Maesgeirchan herself. Her father was Professor T. So Nia is from the Welsh speaking middle classes herself and went into teaching, a popular career choice for girls from that section of Welsh society in the s. Some of those people made a substantial contribution to society as well. She has been an education advisor and worked as an Estyn advisor from Nia definitely knows about the neglect and abuse of disadvantaged people by the statutory services.
Nia publicly declared herself to be lesbian in a media interview in However, back at the dawn of time, Nia was married. Her then husband was a social worker. Presumably he lived and worked in west Wales like she did.
The west Wales where a paedophile ring operated in the social services. The west Wales where Mark Drakeford also worked as a social worker.
Nia, would you like to tell us the real reason why those girls were incarcerated and give your ex-husband a nudge to encourage him to speak up as well? Perhaps old Drakeford would like to tell all too.
Corruption in Carmarthenshire County Council has spawned a great deal of citizen blogging in west Wales. So Nia has been in a position for years to raise concerns about those kids in west Wales. But some Wimmin are of course more equal than others. Nia was named and shamed in the Parliamentary election expenses scandal and was ordered to repay over 4k in wrongly claimed mortgage interest relief. Then she ended up in trouble again for breaching Parliamentary rules regarding the use of Commons stationery for political campaigning.
Nia — I know that everyone gets pissed off with everything being in Cardiff, but that probably is the best place for a Major Trauma Centre serving south Wales, just on the basis of demography, transport links and geography. There are major problems at the University Hospital in Cardiff, but there are at Swansea as well, so Nia would be doing everyone a favour if she spoke up about the dire state of the NHS rather than demanding machines that go ping near her constituency.
Nia wants assurances that services will remain at Prince Philip Hospital. Prince Philip Hospital has been the site of a number of very serious scandals involving patient harm and deaths and was also the centre of the very sad business involving Sian Caiach.
Sian Caiach was an orthopaedic surgeon who worked at the Prince Philip Hospital and reported fraudulent activity on the part of some of her colleagues to the Welsh Audit Office — Top Doctors at the Prince Philip were using NHS resources for private patients. One of the Top Doctors committing the fraud was promoted, the other continued to practice. They were nowhere to be seen. If Nia really wanted advice about the NHS all she needs to do is ask for the opinion of a fellow smallholder in Camarthenshire, Sian Caiach.
Tonia campaigned for Nia and is now MP for the Gower, having been elected in