Are cold showers and route marches the answer for our badly behaved boys?

This week the Chief Inspector of Prisons said that Thorn Cross Young Offenders Centre, the nearest we have to a boot camp, has proved a success. So is hard physical exercise the answer? Yes, says Lynette Burrows; the ‘caring’ approach has damaged our children. Not true, says Paul Cavadino; education and work are the only […]

Jury told of beatings at children’s home

By Sentinel Reporter A 33-year-old labourer from Stoke-on-Trent told a jury how he was beaten and humiliated by a deputy head officer at a county children’s home. Darren Underhill was aged 15 when he claims he was subjected to a series of assaults by Thomas Watson at Riverside Community Home School in Rocester. He told […]

Ex-home chief denies abuse claims

A former local authority home superintendent has denied sexually abusing boys. Alexander Jones, 65, has denied 16 charges of indecently assaulting boys between 1974 and 1979. Exeter Crown Court heard Jones, from Plymouth, is accused of abusing four boys at the home. The boys at Endsleigh House in Camborne, run by Cornwall county council education […]

Storm over caning of girl aged 15

Council home thrashing for a runaway By Brian Dixon A STORM broke out yesterday over the “barbaric” caning of a 15-year-old girl. She was caned on the bottom, over her clothing, in a social services home. Another 16 children — all boys aged 11 to 15 — have received canings in the last year in […]

Row over bring back caning vote

By Daily Mail Reporter Click to enlarge A BITTER row has broken out over a decision to bring back the cane in a county’s boys’ homes. The decision was taken by Essex County Council’s social services committee under a 40-year-old code of practice which permits up to 12 strokes of the cane for boys over […]

Head told to leave Approved School

‘2 boys caned too hard’ Daily Telegraph Reporter BROTHER CASSIAN, 46, headmaster of St. Swithin’s Roman Catholic Approved School, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, has been asked to leave after administering corporal punishment “with excessive severity”, the Home Office said last night. He has been at the school for 21 years, six of them as headmaster, […]

Bishop hits at teacher who told of Court Lees beatings

By Mirror Reporter THE Bishop of Southwark yesterday launched an attack on Mr. Ivor Cook, central figure in the Court Lees approved school inquiry. The school was closed by Home Secretary Roy Jenkins following Mr. Cook’s allegations that the boys had been given excessive corporal punishment. During a Lords debate on the closure, the Bishop, […]

School to close after caning

By Norman Fowler The Home Secretary has ordered the closing of Court Lees Approved School, near Godstone, Surrey, after a report which finds that boys there were caned with “excessive severity”. Immediately the decision was announced yesterday the school’s board of managers called it a “gross injustice”. The Association of Heads of Approved Schools protested […]

Approved school beatings: The facts

There is now disturbing evidence of harsh beatings at an approved school. It consists of photographs of four boys taken soon after they were caned by their headmaster. All were punished on one day last month, three for absconding and one for smoking. Four out of five doctors to whom the photographs were shown consider […]