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Ex-residents of Church care home settle legal claims over treatment

Thu 11 Feb 2016
By Marcus Jones

The Church of England has settled legal claims with a number of ex-residents of a former Church-run children's home over their treatment there.

An independent review into Kendall House in Gravesend, Kent, was set up last year by the Bishop of Rochester Rt Revd James Langstaff, after concerns over drugs that were given to girls who'd stayed at the home.

A BBC investigation in 2009 revealed that some girls who were heavily sedated while living there in the 1970s and 1980s went on to have children with a range of birth defects.

Speaking after the settlement claims, the Diocese of Rochester said: "To date, a number of former Kendall House residents have settled legal claims regarding their personal treatment, but no former residents have started legal proceedings regarding birth defects in their children."

The independent review is being overseen by Sue Proctor who led the independent inquiry into the Jimmy Savile scandal. She is being supported by part-time judge Samantha Cohen, who specialises in sex abuse and child cruelty cases, and retired Detective Superintendent Ray Galloway.

The Bishop of Rochester said: "The Church of England is not in a position to act as judge and jury in the absence of any birth defect-related claims being made, and it would be foolhardy to attempt to do so. I urge all former Kendall House residents to participate in the Kendall House Review."

It's not been announced when the review will report its findings.

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