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Nottingham council used Childrens Home Inspector Joni Cameron-Blair to cover-up senior staff crime

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Published on Aug 20, 2015

Children's Home Inspector Joni Cameron-Blair
Used by Nottinghamshire Council to warn them of potential scandals so they could quietly cover them up
BBC Five Live Fri 14 Aug 2015 with Clare McDonnell

Joni Cameron-Blair was an independent inspector at the Social Service Registration and Inspectorate in Nottingham Council, who blew the whistle on the systematic abuse and cover-up of abuse in children’s homes, nursing homes and homes for people with learning difficulties. As a result of her whistleblowing she has been dismissed from her position and is now in civil litigation with her former employers.

ITV Exclusive: Whistleblower 'sacked for speaking out about children's care home abuse'
A whistleblower who claims she was sacked for speaking out about abuse at a children's care home in Nottingham says trying to get anyone to act on her concerns was like 'banging her head against a brick wall."
In an exclusive ITV news interview, Joni Cameron Blair who worked as a children's home inspector, says that when she reported youngsters being abused and neglected the 1990s, her concerns were ignored by council bosses and senior social services staff.

Ms Cameron Blair has accused Nottingham city council of failing in its duty to look after the children in its care and said she wanted to make her claims public to give abuse victims a voice.
Children's homes should be a place of safety. Abuse of any kind is a dreadful and damaging failure of duty and trust which we take extremely seriously. Along with police, we're committed to bringing perpetrators to justice and ensuring professional standards of care are upheld."
– NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL
When Joni Cameron-Blair first saw the forbidding red-brick facade of Beechwood children’s home in Nottingham she was already close to despair. She was 15 years old and her home life was in disarray. She had been beaten up by her father, who was suffering from a psychiatric disorder, and was taken into care for her own protection. Beechwood was supposed to be a place of safety but turned out to be a nightmare that has left lifelong scars.

“It had previously been a remand home and the cells, with barred windows, were still there,” she says.

“I was locked in solitary confinement for hours in a cell with no toilet and no access to water or food. I’d done nothing wrong. The staff were meant to be looking after us but kids were routinely kicked and beaten. These were children with no one to protect them or speak up for.....

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