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9 June 2015 | Comment | Article by Alan Collins

Sexual Abuse Allegations at Badgeworth Court School, Clouds House School and Dowdeswell School


The sexual abuse legal team at Hugh James have been asked by former pupils of Badgeworth Court School, Clouds House School and Dowdeswell School to help them investigate claims of historical sexual and physical abuse. The allegations are said to have taken place during the 1970s and 80s.

Boys were sent from all over the UK to the residential boarding schools; Badgeworth Court School, Clouds House School and Dowdeswell School, by local authorities because it was thought that they had behavioural problems and learning difficulties only to be subjected to what is alleged to have been a “physically brutal” regime.

Police investigations in the past into allegations of abuse at the schools resulted in prosecutions. One alleged abuser was acquitted, whilst another, Keith Figes, received an 18-month suspended jail sentence.

Former pupils at the schools, complain that the investigations were not thorough enough and that many potential witnesses were not interviewed. Consequently many feel that they have been cheated of justice. They also want to know why they were sent to these schools when it was possibly known that there were allegations of abuse.

The former pupils want the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire police forces to re-investigate past cases and investigate the new allegations of sexual and physical abuse.

Hugh James would like to hear from any former pupils and members of staff from the now closed schools.

If you would like to discuss the allegations of sexual abuse at Badgeworth Court School, Clouds House School and Dowdeswell School during the 1970s and 80s, please contact Alan Collins, the partner at Hugh James who has conduct of the case.

Author bio

Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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