Peter Righton – ‘Sex and the residential social worker’

This nasty piece of paedophile propaganda was written by social work consultant Peter Righton, and was published by the influential Social Work Today magazine on 15th February 1977. Righton uses the column to set out his stall, if not as a paedophile then as someone who sympathises with them, and to propagate the lie that child sexual abuse is beneficial to the child. Unbelievably this article didn’t damage his reputation, he continued to be a successful and highly respected social work consultant until his arrest for importing images of child abuse in 1992.

How many ‘like-minded individuals’ (i.e. paedophiles) connected with Righton having read this article? Righton secretly established a paedophile network that preyed on children in schools and children’s homes across the UK. The original police investigation in the early 90s was closed down and the original evidence is now being investigated by Operation Fairbank.


  1. bobchewie said:

    @murun he also wrote a piece for ‘Perspectives on Paedophilia’ edited by Brian Taylor (Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sussex); Batsford Academic and Educational Ltd; 1981

    “The sexual preferences of most humans in fact are narrow
    What we tend to forget is how narrow the sexual preferences of most humans in fact are. Heterosexuals do not find all members of the ‘opposite sex’ attractive; on the contrary, men and women are commonly very clear and specific as to the age-range, size, height, shape and personal qualities of the people who most appeal to them sexually; who hold a special magic for them. If a man declares he is particularly ‘turned-on’ by tall, slim, redheads in their early twenties, and is to be found chatting up girls of this type at every opportunity, no one is likely to express any surprise or objection, nor will psychiatrists spend much time in explaining his preference in the language of compulsions, fixations, or early seduction experiences. I see no reason to think that an attraction to children in or approaching early adolescence is either more or less mysterious, (or more restricted), than a penchant for redheads. The important difference between them rests not on the dubious assumption that one is ‘normal’ and the other so perverse as to require special explanation, but on the social rule which permits adult men to have sex with adult redheads if both so please, but forbids them to do so with children. The rule may be perfectly sensible; but it cannot be invoked to prove that sexual attraction to children is pathological. […]

    All children, as they approach and pass through adolescence, need a wide range of friendships with loving adults outside their own family prepared to treat them increasingly as equals. Our social and sexual conventions, which tend to confine children’s permitted extra-familial contacts to close relatives, or to formal encounters within the institution of school or youth organization, too often deny children these vital experiences. I do not contend that paedophiles should be recruited in large numbers to supply them; but I have argued that, if a child does develop a warm relationship with a paedophile which includes shared sexual pleasure, the sex is unlikely to do the child much harm, and the friendship may well be more beneficial than otherwise”.

    source: Article ‘The adult’ by Peter Righton (Director of Education, National Institute for Social Work

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