If you have knowledge of abuse or a ’cover-up’ at County Hall, Essex Police can be reached by dialling 101, the NSPCC child abuse hotline is at 0808 800 5000 and County Hall is at 01245 430430.
THE LEADER of Essex County Council has issued a public appeal for evidence of a possible child abuse “cover-up” in the 1980s and 90s.
David Finch said the authority and Essex Police were keen to investigate recent allegations about a “paedophile ring” operating at County Hall.
Cllr Finch urged witnesses to come forward after a former NHS manager made a speech at the Houses of Parliament last week, where he made allegations of a child abuse “cover-up”.
The claims were made by Robin Jamieson, who was district psychologist – managing 20 staff – for Southend in the early 1990s and sat on the Child Protection Committee.
Mr Jamieson made a speech at a “whistleblowers event” at Westminster last Tuesday in front of MPs, barristers and campaigners.
He claimed that in the 1990s he was approached discretely by junior staff with alarming allegations, suggesting serious failures in child protection.
He said he reported the concerns to the council but found the response “insulting and threatening”.
He claimed he informed the police but had no knowledge of any subsequent investigation.