Digital copy of a Statement by Peter Clive Brooks providing details about his background. Undated, c. February 1961. [Some details redacted].

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February 1st 1961 - February 25th 1961

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Provides details about his early life and upbringing in the care of a woman, describing living conditions as poor and neglectful and subsequent placement in Dr Barnado's Homes between the ages of 3 and 5½. Describes being boarded out with an elderly couple thereafter, stating that another boy received favourable treatment whilst he was subject to emotional and physical abuse. Describes being unable to disclose mistreatment to Dr Barnardo's during visits by staff, and refers to having suicidal thoughts between the ages of 11 and 14 until his return to Dr Barnardo's Homes. Includes comments about his education, remarks about his character during his child, and details allegations emotional and physical abuse and sexually inappropriate behaviour by his foster parents. Includes remarks about his relationship with his mother. Includes a description of his employment history from the age of 15, referring to roles in the shoe repair trade, hotel industry, Air Training Corps, Royal Air Force, civil service and a factory before deciding to work with children. Refers to involvement in youth clubs, and comments about his roles as Housefather at Moor House School, unqualified teacher for crafts and hames at St Francis School and at Horseshoe Lodge children's home before his appointment as a Housefather at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to involvement in church choirs and other clubs.


Brooks, Peter Clive
Air Training Corps
Bernhard Baron House
Chesterton Youth Club
Chivers Factory
Dr Barnardo's Homes
Grants of Croydon
Hailsham Infants' School
Hailsham Junior School
Hailsham Senior School
Haut de la Garenne
Horseshoe Lodge Children's Home
Moor House School
National Association of Boys' Clubs
Premier Shoe Company Limited
Royal Air Force
St Francis Boys' School
Young Men's Christian Association


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