A comparative story
The comments Jeff made regarding the cottage homes in were, to a greater degree correct. Yes we were fed and watered and had a clean bed to sleep in each night. But for a Childs ways of thinking these things are not as important as a cuddle or kind ear should we fall over and cut a leg. This is what we received whilst in the care of S,Pearl . In you were more likely to get another smack to the head for dripping blood on the floor and shoved back outside to tend your wounds.
A strong story that will stay in my mind of treatment in Leic. A young girl named Elaine **** was absolutely scared stiff of the dark and she wet the bed on many a night. Mainly due to the toilet block being outside with no lights. wetting the bed and taking the flack the next morning was the lesser evil as far as she could see. Come the morning the house parent would instruct her to stand naked and bathe in a bowl in the bath room (inside) at the same time as the remainder of the children, boys and girls of mixed ages had a morning wash. She was not given a towel to cover her modesty until we had all finished. The idea being that the shame would stop the bed wetting. Elaine was 12 years old at this time. I later found out that her mother used to lock her under the stairs whenever her boyfriend came to visit hence the darkness phobia. One boy did come to her rescue and stood at the bath room door to prevent anyone going in. His reward? He got wiped across his shoulders (bare) with a wet floor cloth. So severe that it gave him welts that bled. The truth came out when his teacher noticed his shirt was stuck to his back during a PE lesson. How do I know this? Simple, that boy was me. Nothing was done; no one got a reprimand over this.
Not to hark on a dark period for me, as regarding abuse to children in the homes I might suggest the readers check “Frank Beck+ The Beeches 1978-1986. but be ready for one member to say “its all lies”
There have been many times of sadness during my stay in Council run homes there fore that gives me the right to state any comparisons I can see between the Council and NCH Est.
I hasten to add that the abuses involving Beck were after my discharge from care. There but for the grace of God.