Suffolk County Council - Social Services Directors

IRMA WATCHMAN made this Freedom of Information request to Suffolk County Council

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Dear Suffolk County Council,

Who was/were your Local Authority/Suffolk County Council social services directors for the years 1982 to 2004 inclusive?

Yours faithfully,


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Dear Suffolk County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Suffolk County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Suffolk County Council - Social Services Directors'.

I have received a reply that states my requests are 'vexatious'. I find this assumption rude and offensive. I am undertaking research for an upcoming publication and my requests have been made to collate data for a subject that is very much in the public interest.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,


IRMA WATCHMAN left an annotation ()

Having sent a number of requests for research purposes relating to the very serious issue of institutional child sexual abuse, fostering and adoption, Suffolk County Council refused each of my requests, classing them as 'vexatious', and replied:

'Thank you for your email. However, Suffolk County Council are satisfied with the application of section 14(1) to your Freedom of Information requests. Please take this as our response to your 22 requests for an
internal review of which one has already been responded to.'

Richard Card left an annotation ()

Dear Irma

All records for consultants John Paulley and J G Howells "Ipswich Family Psychiatric Centre" are said to have been destroyed by Ipswich Hospital.

There were a few child patients referred to Ipswich Family Psychiatric Centre by Royal Hospital School 1960s.

Were pupils of the abusive St Georges Finborough and Oakwood School Stowmarket referred to Ipswich Family Psychiatric Centre (IPFC)

IPFC is an institution before the IICSA.

Its director J G Howells was a committee colleague of Dr Milner, of the now notorious Aston Hall of Derby, at Royal Medico Psychological Society. Another colleague of theirs at RMPS was the madman William Sargent of Waterloo St Thomas who destroyed his own patient records. (The man actress Celia Imrie still has nightmares about see Daily Mail)

At Stowmarket research team member with John Paulley of Ipswich Hospital was GP Dr Alan Lower (Via Paulley's Ipswich Vocational Training Initiative for GPs) who is said to have been GP to the abusive Oakwood School. I don't know if he was also GP to abusive St Georges.

The late Dr Lower in retirement became a County Cllr Chair of Social Services and leader of council.

He also destroyed his GP records rather than transfer them out of Suffolk for patients who moved out of the county.

In 1992 Dr Liz Davies of Islington safeguarding raised visit to Lord Henniker by Suffolk Chief constable Tony COE (who up to May 89 was with Kent Police.

Suffolk safeguarding accompanied Chief constable COE to visit Henniker about vile abuser Peter Righton moving to Henniker Estate.

COE concealed from Suffolk, Islington and Ulster safeguarding (Kincora) that HM Coroner was in touch with him about historical deaths cases in Suffolk Sue Ryder Cavendish and The Beeches child home Ixworth where 43 children in Islington and Hackney care (Cerebral palsy) died 1954 to 1972 but only two deaths it is feared got inquests or inquiry.

Extraordinarily Chief constable COE concealed those facts and their renewed topicality from safeguarding. Even concealing the concerns of Islington care deaths ion Suffolk from Islington safeguarding.

Involved in renewing the concerns about the historical Suffolk deaths was Sir John Stradling Thomas MP Monmouth. He wrote initially to DHSS minister Tony Newton 1990. Newton's track record appears to be ignoring Dr Sally Baker 1988 in her attempts to report the North Wales child abuse. So it is interesting that in 1990 Attorney General Mayhew was blocking Sir John's concerns re Suffolk and Gwent but at the same time was authorising legal action against would be North Wales child abuse whistleblower Dr Sally Baker. The Home Office Minister Earl Ferrers also sustained cover up by refusing to compel a report from Chief constable COE.

COE was a senior officer in Kent up to May 89 when they decided to nil action all lines of complaint and inquiry in warnings about breached security at Deal Royal Marines Barracks. These lines of inquiry include two organised abuse matters and one youth safeguarding issue. So his track record looks ropey to me.

This is all before IICSA.

PCC Tim PASSMORE and his sole candidate Chief constable are electing silence.

The current issue before IICSA being why did Suffolk Police conceal the matters of Sir John Stradling Thomas MP correspondence up to his death March 1991 at his DOLPHIN SQUARE Home ... concealed from Ops CAYACOS and MIDLAND.

From Suffolk NHS to Suffolk County Council to Suffolk Police and PCC, refusal to answer is the order of the day.

Kind regards Richard