Anguish of Care Kids (23.10.83)

News of the World, 23rd October 1983

In Lambeth, London, 124 youngsters have been separated from friends and moved to alternative homes as far away as North Wales

Did Lambeth Council also send children to Bryn Alyn? Neighbouring council Southwark did – see Southwark Council and Bryn Alyn – and child sexual abuse was rife in both Lambeth and Southwark children’s homes at the time.


  1. Troyhand said:,+1979+from+a+Mr.+Norman%22&dq=%22Mr.+Allen+read+a+letter+he+had+received+June+18,+1979+from+a+Mr.+Norman%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zfuVU5PFA4OwyASPiYHADw&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA

    The Proceedings of the National Conference of Juvenile Agencies, Volume 75
    The Conference, 1979

    Mr. [Fred] Allen [of the National Association of Training Schools and Juvenile Agencies] read a letter he had received June 18, 1979 from a Mr. Norman Wainwright, Deputy Chief Executive, Bryn Alyn Community, Wrexham, North Wales, proposing a five to six weeks’ exchange visit during July and August, 1980, whereby he, his wife and two small children would come to this country to observe our institutional programs and exchange homes for the period with an American family interested in becoming acquainted with the unique 200 boys (ages 11-18) Bryn Alyn Community program. Anyone interested in this proposition should contact the secretary for a copy of Mr. Wainwright’s invitation.

    At this point, Mr. Allen turned the presidency over to President-elect Vergil M. Pinckney, who thanked Mr. Allen on behalf of the Association for his excellent leadership during the past two years and presented him with the traditional gift of a king-sized gavel. President Pinkney outlined some of his objectives for his administration, including strengthening the Association’s membership and clout, emphasis on advancement of the standards set forth in the ACA Manual of Standards for Juvenile Training Schools and Services and accreditation procedures, adopting a more appropriate name for our Association, and earlier publishing and increased library sales of The PROCEEDINGS.


  2. Troyhand said:

    The Child in Care – Volume 10 – 1970

    [Page 7]

    A most unusual case conference

    Had you by chance happened to have found yourself on the 11th December, 1969, in a little known Welsh village high in the hills of Denbighshire and ventured into the solitary Old World Public House, a most unusual sight was yours to behold. In one step over the threshold you would have left behind the world of moon men, hippies, Vietnam and the 1969 Children and Young persons Act. You might be back in time over a hundred years. The Hostelry was full of ladies in hooped skirts, big frilly bonnets, gentlemen in brightly coloured knee length coats, fancy waistcoats and matching top hats. You might have asked yourself without rebuff “what the Dickens is going on?” Dickens would indeed be the appropriate word. Did not the young man in the corner remind you of someone, bedraggled coat, concealing dozens of pockets, Knickerbocker trousers, torn shirt, and neck-tie? Indeed the Artful Dodger himself.

    As you ventured further, you could not miss the round, lovable, bespectacled person of Mr. Pickwick — engaged in deep conversation with that scandalous rascal Bill Sykes. Well you might have been excused stopping and eavesdropping on what these two extreme opposites were finding to talk about. Having done this, one would soon realise that there was much more here than actually met the startled eye. Mr. Pickwick was in fact none other than Mr. Glyn Evans, Headmaster of Llay Secondary Modern School, near Wrexham, and the scoundrelly Sykes a Child Care Officer from Dudley. They were discussing a boy with whom they were mutually concerned. “In view of what you have told me of the home background,” says Mr. Evans, “I am amazed that he should have reached his potential so quickly.”

    The boy was the product of a problem home in the Midlands and was now accommodated as a member of the Bryn Alyn Community near Gresford. Bryn Alyn is a hostel for twenty disturbed and deprived boys and whilst it has its own remedial unit for boys who are not able to face normal schooling, the majority of boys attend one of six Secondary Modern and Technical Schools in the area. It was the idea of the Principal of the Community, Mr. John Alan, to gather together those adults involved with the boys in his care and to mix business with pleasure to a purpose. He realised that as both social workers and school teachers probably could not mix together socially without inevitably discussing role function a scheme was devised to use the social environment in a purposeful way.

    The Dickens Evening was the result . After an extremely satisfying Christmas dinner the oddly dressed characters wandered round or introduced themselves to some other Dickensian character with… [Page 8] …whom they had business to conduct. The informal and unusual atmosphere enabled a great deal of serious discussion and exchange of views to take place, even if to the outsider this might have required some interpretation. The elegant gentleman in the red silk frock coat requesting Mr. Bumble to accept the boy was not, in fact, seeking a workhouse vacancy but a holiday placement at Bryn Alyn for an old boy now in the forces who had no home to return to. Mr. Bumble heartily replied that Christopher was always welcome.

    This suggests a most unusual Case Conference, yet it turned out to be a most constructive one. Headmasters and teachers were really anxious to know from the field workers, the home backgrounds of the boys they taught in their schools and to know how they could help. The residential staff from Bryn Alyn Community were under great pressure to inform Child Care Officers who had gathered there from the North, the West and the Midlands to discuss individual boys and to make holiday arrangements for Christmas.

    The event was a huge success and the credit for this must lie with Principal John Alan. The Dickens costumes overcame all inhibitions and in some strange way, communication was the more easily expressed and established with all those involved with boys at Bryn Alyn. All too soon came the time for departure and long journeys back but it was the end of a most enjoyable and stimulating evening.

    The Child Care officers, Residential Workers and teaching staff had established a contact from which good social and working relationships will stem and the capacity to evolve professional mutual interests which by the depth of their nature will be beneficial to the boys at the Bryn Alyn Community.

  3. Troyhand said:

    Links for he Child in Care – Volume 10 – 1970,+big+frilly+bonnets%22&dq=%22The+Hostelry+was+full+of+ladies+in+hooped+skirts,+big+frilly+bonnets%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MQmWU4LGCM62yASy74GgBA&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAA


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