Welcome to the Islington Survivors Network website
You might be reading this because you are a survivor of child abuse within an Islington children’s home, or you may have witnessed a child being abused in one of the homes. You might be a friend, relative, parent of an abused child or a professional who worked within the care system. You might be someone who worked in a children’s home or neighbourhood office perhaps as a cook, cleaner, driver or administrator, for example.
We would like to hear from you
Please contact us if you have something to add to the story of child abuse in Islington . We know that organised, powerful, networks of child abusers operated across the country, including within Islington. It’s a big jigsaw we are piecing together and all details are important.
If you did not witness abuse but have knowledge of Islington Social Services then please help us collate information about the children’s homes, neighbourhoods and the staff who worked in them. We are trying to put facts and dates together to help us make better sense of survivor and whistleblower testimony. Files have gone missing and we have to be creative to piece together lost childhoods. Staff memories can assist survivors in knowing what happened to them when the files are no longer available.
Your information is important even if your account goes back a good few years to the 50s or earlier. Some careleavers speak of good experiences in Islington’s care and it is just as important that we hear about the positives as well as about the abuse. Sometimes things changed for the worst when a new manager came into post or a new member of staff joined the team. This is all relevant information for us.
We aim to keep the website, and contacting us, as straightforward as possible.
There are a couple of forms for you to fill in to tell us what happened (please see the links in the CALLOUT box on the HOME page). One form is for those who were a child under Islington’s care or a child witness to abuse and the other for those who were adult witnesses. Some of the detail will help us see patterns of abuse.
Survivor experiences will not be posted up but some minimal information that relates to abusers and key individuals that is already in the public arena.
We want to make sure survivors are safe and will keep information confidential so as not to contaminate any prosecutions. We don’t want someone’s evidence to be undermined in court because the lawyers say the statement was just taken from something the survivor had read on the website.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
Survivors and whistleblowers all over the country are preparing evidence for IICSA chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard. Lambeth survivors, for instance, have 600 members who are putting together a lengthy report for their hearing at the Inquiry. We are, unlike them, at the moment, a small group of survivors and whistleblowers with supporters. However, since the early 90s we have had extensive media coverage and the dedication of some freelance investigative journalists. There have been 14 inquiries, a few convictions but no overarching police investigation. What happened to children in Islington included all forms of abuse, not only sexual, and our evidence will include physical, emotional and neglect as well.
Islington is not the only area of the country where few survivors have come forward but we can submit what evidence we have already, together with any further evidence we receive via this website.
We hope this website will bring forward the evidence we need to present to the Inquiry and to assist other survivor networks where our evidence crosses over with theirs.
Our priority is to assist Islington survivors and whistleblowers to find healing and to achieve justice. We must also work to protect children now from harm and your evidence might help to do that if the alleged perpetrator is alive and still in contact with children.
We look forward to hearing from you – if you have any questions please contact us via the HOME page CONTACT form.
Whether you are a survivor or witness, writing about your experiences is not easy. NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) is a UK-wide charity which has a free support line (0808 801 0331) – NAPAC Link