Church of England care home, Kendall House in Gravesend, Kent was an establishment run for the care of young girls from the 1970’s. It was closed down in 1986 following allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse and psychological abuse and the needless drugging of the teenage girls staying there.
The astonishing revelations about Kendall House were brought to the light by one of the victims, Teresa Cooper. Teresa has campaigned tirelessly to bring to light the horrors of the treatment at the home and has published a book, Trust No One about her experiences. She was given medication at least 1,248 times during the 32 months she was a resident at Kendall House. The cocktail of drugs included a range of anti-depressants and tranquilisers. The medical practitioner who prescribed the drugs, Dr Perinpanayagan, wrote in a medical journal about carrying out ‘experiments’ on the girls being cared for at Kendall House, but failed to name the establishment. He died in 1988.
The custom at Kendall House was to line the girls up for their daily medication which was placed in a pot hanging from a string around their neck. Those who refused were forcibly held down or injected. Many former Kendall House residents have gone on to have children with birth defects. The Church of England has been accused of a cover up as medical files relating to many of the residents have since disappeared.
We are currently representing two victims of the Kendall House abuse and are trying to trace former teachers, workers and residents who were at the establishment in the 1970’s and 1980’s. So, if you have had any associations with Kendall House we would like to hear from you. If you can help us with our appeal, please call our freephone number 0808 139 1606 and ask to speak in total confidence, to partner and specialist abuse claim solicitor, Samantha Robson. Click here for more information about child abuse compensation.