One of the key campaigners behind forcing a full investigation into Kendall House wants to see the report followed up with prosecutions for members of staff who are still alive.
Teresa Cooper, 49, who was drugged and sexually abused at the Church of England children's home in the 1980s, rejected claims from review panel member Ray Galloway that all perpetrators of the abuse were now dead and has called on police to re-open their own investigation.
“Kent Police need to open a proper full investigation into the misuse of drugs at Kendall House because it was so extreme, and the abuse was so extreme, I feel it was a criminal offence,” she said.
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“Many of those who participated in that abuse are very much alive right now. Those staff that are still alive need to be in some way prosecuted. Justice needs to be seen to be served and not just for me, but all the other women.”
She has also called on new Prime Minister Theresa May to open a government inquiry into the misuse of drugs on children to ensure that history does not repeat itself. A police spokesman said any new allegations would be reviewed.
They said: “Kent Police has been fully involved with the inquiry and will record and review any new allegations that are reported as a result.”
The dispute over the perpetrators was just one of the issues Ms Cooper had with the terms of the review.
She also disagreed with the timescale of the review, insisting it was not broad enough, and the fact that it did not take into account birth defects suffered by the children and grandchildren of former residents.
Despite fighting for the review for three decades, she says her problems with the terms of reference “made it impossible” for her to take part in it.
She continued: “There was many failures, not only at Kendall House but thereafter and to date. The terms of reference are factually incorrect and this is the reason I did not participate. A simple amendment of those terms would have rectified the problem but they were not prepared to do it.
“Ray Galloway informed me that even if I had participated they had no intention of including the failures that I had to go through the last 30 years to get this far and to push as hard as I did to get those legal cases settled, and the Kendall House review started.”
Ms Cooper won substantial out-of-court damages from the church in 2010 over her claims, but has continued to accuse it of failing in its duty to her and other alleged abuse victims.
“We can’t just look at the abuse and the failures of the time, we also have to look at the failures since the closure of Kendall House in 1986 to the present day" Teresa Cooper
She is currently pursuing another legal claim against the church in a bid to secure damages for up to 25 children who it is claimed suffered as a result of drug use at Kendall House. Ms Cooper’s daughter Sarah, 23, was born with a cleft palate. Her two sons and grandchild also have serious health issues.
“The Kendall House legacy and the full scale of the abuse should have included the children,” she insisted.
“It was vital to that review to show the level of damage that was suffered as a result of Kendall House and I feel that what they have done is silence that part of it.
“We can’t just look at the abuse and the failures of the time, we also have to look at the failures since the closure of Kendall House in 1986 to the present day. This affected our children and our families, not just emotionally but physically.”
Ms Cooper did acknowledge that “some justice had been served” by the review and said she felt vindicated by the outcome.
She also said she would like to take up the opportunity to meet other former residents, with an annual get-together put forward as one of the panel’s recommendations at the review’s conclusion.
“I do feel vindicated, although I shouldn’t have to after 30 years of fighting. I felt like I was one person in the middle of a battlefield of professionals that were consistently saying that I was lying, it wasn’t true, and doing everything they could to make sure the Kendall House abuse scandal wasn’t exposed.
“I would really like more than anything in the world to meet all of the other women. I would like to see them and know that I have in some way helped. I would like to see how they’re doing because I am interested and I do care about them. It would be an emotional reunion if it were to come about.”