Peter Righton on fostering and adoption

Peter Righton was highly influential in the social work establishment of the 1970s and 80s, and wrote dozens of articles for Social Work Today, the in-house journal of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Residential Care Association (RCA).

Righton was ostensibly gay, but in reality he was a paedophile who had formed a network of paedophiles who abused vulnerable children in schools and children’s homes across the UK for many years. He was exposed in the BBC documentary ‘Secret Life of a Paedophile’.

Some of his columns in Social Work Today revealed his true intentions, and the platform he was given by the magazine enabled him to reach out to other paedophiles in the social work profession.

In the article below, he recommends that single men and women should be able to adopt and foster children, but concedes that this will attract suspicion:

“The trouble is that people living on their own are not loved in our society. If they are spinsters, or (especially) bachelors, their sexual motives come under suspicious scrutiny; their “unnatural” way of life is compared unfavourably with that of the deified nuclear family…”

Righton’s influence may have played a part in changing council policies. A few years later, some London councils allowed single men to foster children, and this policy was exploited to the full by paedophiles. Michael John Carroll, a Lambeth children’s home worker, was only stopped from fostering two children when a criminal records check showed that he had a previous conviction for indecently assaulting a young boy. Read more


See also Peter Righton – Sex and the Residential Social Worker

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