Paul Gosling, a writer and broadcaster based in Derry, has co-written Abuse of Trust, published by Canbury Press, about the sexual and physical abuse of at least 200 children by council manager Frank Beck. It is regarded as possibly the worst case of institutionalised child abuse that has taken place in England.
A new chapter deals with Beck’s most powerful alleged accomplice — the late politician Greville Janner. The scandal took place in Leicestershire, where Janner was an MP, before becoming Lord Janner.
Mr Gosling will launch the book and sign copies at 4.30pm on Thursday 13th October
Little Acorns Book Shop
He will also broach the multiple allegations faced by Janner.
Frank Beck was finally convicted for the abuse and jailed in 1991.
But like many alleged prominent abusers including the BBC presenter Jimmy Savile and the Liberal politician Cyril Smith, Janner — and MP for 27 years — never stood trial. Many people believe that these were instances of institutionalised cover-up of the type Northern Ireland also knows about, only too well.
Janner died a peer of the realm in December 2015 aged 87, charged with 22 counts of the sexual abuse of boys. He had been ruled unfit to stand trial because of his advanced dementia.
The Crown Prosecution Service has admitted that police and prosecutors missed at least three chances to prosecute Janner while he was a politician.
Abuse of Trust: Frank Beck and the Leicestershire Children’s Home Scandal by Paul Gosling and Mark D’Arcy, a BBC journalist, was first published in 1998.
It has been re-published – with a new chapter on Janner — amid renewed concern that serial perpetrators of historic sexual abuse were allowed to go unpunished.
One theory is that criminal inquiries were meddled with by powerful figures in the policing and political establishments.
The Leicestershire abuse scandal is one of 12 in Britain being investigated by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse.
A parallel inquiry – the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry - has taken place into abuse in Northern Ireland, which is expected to report early next year.
Paul Gosling, a prominent freelance journalist who is frequently heard on Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle, will give a talk before signing copies of the book.
He said: “I’m looking forward to at last being able to talk openly about the allegations against Greville Janner after the veil of secrecy was finally lifted. Unfortunately, Derry and the rest of Northern Ireland are only too familiar with the abuse of children, including at Kincorra and in the Sisters of Nazareth home in Derry.”
Radio, TV and print journalists are welcome to speak to Paul Gosling ahead of the talk.
TALK: (Free. Just turn up)
Thursday 13th October, 4.30pm
Little Acorns Book Shop
Yellow Yard, Silver Street
Abuse of Trust: Frank Beck and the Leicestershire Children’s Home Scandal
With a new chapter on Greville Janner MP
Mark D’Arcy and Paul Gosling
Hardback, 320pp, £25