Former Lambeth Council Children’s Homes: Redress Scheme Update.

Update - July 2017

At the meeting of Full Council on Wednesday 19 July the Council published an outline of a proposed Redress Scheme to compensate survivors of historic sexual, physical and psychological abuse in Lambeth Council’s former Children’s Homes. The council has already accepted liability for children who suffered this abuse in the homes between the 1930’s and the early 1980’s.

The Council considers that the Scheme is the first of its kind in the UK, and compares favourably to similar schemes which have been developed for example in Jersey, the Republic of Ireland and Canada.

The Council has been working with the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) for several months in developing a scheme but it should be noted that the scheme has not yet been agreed by SOSA.

Read the full Former Lambeth Council Children’s Homes: Redress Scheme Update paper.

A dedicated helpline for further advice and information about this redress scheme is now in available on 020 7926 6980. The helpline operates 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday with an answering service outside of those times.
The scheme itself is expected to become operational in Autumn 2017. In the meantime, anyone who wishes to contact the council about the redress scheme can email

Update - January 2017

A distressing report detailing the abuse and poor care suffered by hundreds of children under Lambeth Council care when it ran children’s homes was released on Thursday 15 December 2016.

The report by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Group includes testimony by those who were abused over the decades during their time at the home which closed in the 1980s.

The SOSA investigation has shone further light on the suffering of those entrusted into the council’s care. The survivors group has undertaken a huge amount of work and today’s report is a credit to them.

Lambeth has accepted that children were let down and has publicly apologised. The council has also been supporting SOSA and has drawn up a compassionate draft redress scheme that looks to compensate people for the abuse they suffered.

If you or someone you know has been affected by child abuse and wish to talk to someone in confidence about your experience, the following organisations may be able to assist you.

List of support and crisis helplines

Organisation Website Email Telephone No. Hours
Shirley Oaks Survivors Association 020 7701 9950
Childline 0800 1111 24 hour Freephone
NAPAC - 0808 801 0331 Mon-Thurs 10am till 9pm, Friday 10am till 6pm
Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre South London - 0808 802 9999 Daily 12pm till 2.30pm, 7pm till 9.30pm
Rape Crisis (England and Wales) 0808 802 9999 Daily 12pm till 2:30pm, 7pm till 9:30pm
Samaritans 08457 909090 24 hour Freephone
Stop It Now 0808 1000 900 Mon-Thurs 9am till 9pm, Fri 9am till 5pm
The Survivors Trust 01788 550 554 Mon-Thurs 10am till 9pm, Fri 10 till 6pm
Survivors UK 020 3598 3898 Mon-Fri 10.30am till 9pm, Sat & Sun 10am till 6pm
Victims Support - 08 08 16 89 111 Mon-Fri 8pm till 8am, Sat and Sun 24hr