Friday, 30 September 2011


Since the Brian Clare incident, I am now unable to post onto Rico Sorda's blog. Little by little I am being gagged.

I wanted to post this privatly, so that Rico, who I greatly respect, could look at it privatly. However, due to me being blocked from posting on his site even anonymously, I am posting this onto my own blog in the hope that Rico and other anti paedophile campaigners will see it. I simply will not be gagged!

I have been investigating Richard Gardner and Ralph Underwager for a few years. These were American paedophile psychologists who invented Parental Alienation Synsrome, used in the secret family courts in over 40 countries, and False Memory Syndrome, used to defend people accused of paedophilia in courts all over the world. Gardner invented “Threat therapy”, to force children who complained of being abused by the person caring for them to be “cured” of this fictitious ailment by force, and be removed from the care of anyone who “encourages” the child to complain about non existant abuse. The therapy Gardner recommended is very cruel and the assumption is that children are usually lying about being abused, but even if they have been abused they have to get over it and visit the paedophile anyway. Its all in his own self published books Rico. I think you already know about False Memory Syndrome, Underwager and Richard Webster (David Roses friend) set up the BFMS to defend people accused of pedophilia and they discredited the HDLG investigation.
The main person pushing the discredited work of Richard Gardner is this creep called Dr Ludwig Fredrick Lowenstein. He has a place called Allington Manor in Hampshire, which he set up as a therapeutic centre for disturbed youngsters. He was investigated by Social Services for KNOWINGLY employing an unqualified paedophile called Roger Small to look after children at that place.
The Lowensteins are a banking family and very powerful.
What triggered me to post this to you is the blogpost on Trevor Pitmans blog because Bellyache let another paedophile called Roger Holland look after children at HDLG. I decided to see if Lowenstein was involved, and found this document. I don’t know yet if this James Lowenstein is closely related to Ludwig Lowenstein but thought you might like to see it anyway.

Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of ACP Capital Limited
(the “Company”) will be held at 22-24 Seale Street, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3QG,
Channel Islands on 14 August 2009 at 11.00 a.m. (BST) for the purpose of
considering and, if thought fit, adopting the following resolutions relating to the
ordinary business of the Company at the Extraordinary General Meeting or any
adjournment thereof:
Ordinary Business
To consider, and if thought fit, to pass the following resolutions as Ordinary
1. THAT John Chapman be and is hereby removed from office as a director of
the Company with immediate effect;
2. THAT Patrick McCann be and is hereby removed from office as a director of
the Company with immediate effect;
3. THAT James Lowenstein be and is hereby removed from office as a director
of the Company with immediate effect;
4. THAT Stephen Coe be and is hereby removed from office as a director of the
Company with immediate effect;
5. THAT Antony Gardner-Hillman be and is hereby removed from office as a
director of the Company with immediate effect;
6. THAT Brandur Thor Ludwig be and is hereby appointed a director of the
Company with immediate effect;
7. THAT Philippe Vienot be and is hereby appointed a director of the Company
with immediate effect; and
8. THAT Eric Youngblood be and is hereby appointed a director of the
Company with immediate effect.
By order of the Board
John Chapman
ACP Capital Limited
22-24 Seale Street
St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3QG
Channel Islands
29 July 2009
1. A member of the Company entitled to attend and vote at the meeting convened by the notice
set out above is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and, on a poll, to vote in his/her place. A
proxy may demand, or join in demanding, a poll. A proxy need not be a member of the
2. A member may appoint more than one proxy provided each proxy is appointed to exercise
rights attached to different shares. A member may not appoint more than one proxy to
exercise rights attached to any one share. To appoint more than one proxy, a member should
contact the Company’s registrars Computershare Investor Services (Channel Islands) Limited,
Ordnance House, 31 Pier Road, St Helier, Jersey, JE4 8PW, Channel Islands.
3. An instrument for the purposes of appointing a proxy is enclosed. To be valid, the instrument
and the power of attorney or other authority (if any) under which it is signed, or a
notarially certified copy of such power of authority, must be received at Ordnance
House, 31 Pier Road, St Helier, Jersey, JE4 8PW, Channel Islands not later than 48 hours
before the time appointed for holding the meeting or adjourned meeting at which the person
named in the instrument proposes to vote or, in the case of a poll, before the time appointed for
taking the poll and, in default, the instrument shall not be treated as valid.
4. In the case of a member which is a company, the instrument appointing a proxy must be
executed under the member’s common seal (or in any other manner permitted by law and
having the same effect as if executed under seal) or under the hand of a duly authorised
officer, attorney or other person.
5. Completion of the instrument appointing a proxy does not preclude a member from
subsequently attending and voting at the meeting in person if he/she so wishes. If a member
appoints a proxy and then attends the meeting in person, the proxy appointment will
automatically be terminated.
6. In the case of joint holders, the vote of the senior who tenders a vote, whether in person or by
proxy, will be accepted to the exclusion of the votes of the other joint holders and, for this
purpose, seniority will be determined by the order in which the names stand in the register of
members in respect of the joint holding.
7. Pursuant to Article 40 of the Companies (Uncertificated Securities) (Jersey) Order 1999, the
Company specifies that only those members entered on the register of members of the
Company as at 11.00 a.m. (BST) on 12 August 2009 or, if the meeting is adjourned, 48 hours
before the time fixed for the adjourned meeting shall be entitled to attend and vote at the
meeting in respect of the number of shares registered in their name at that time. Changes to
entries on the register of members after 11.00 a.m. (BST) on 12 August 2009 or, if the meeting
is adjourned, on the register of members 48 hours before the time fixed for the adjourned
meeting shall be disregarded in determining the rights of any person to attend or vote at the


Zoompad said...

Dr Lowenstein obtained his M.A. and Doctorate in Psychology and Education at London University, and is one of Britain’s most quoted authorities on psychology in Education. His background includes work on mental hospitals, child guidance clinics and residential centres for maladjusted adolescents in New York City. He served as a teacher, a welfare officer, and, in Australia, as a probation officer. Over the years he has held such appointments as: Director of Assessment and Guidance for maladajusted boys with learning difficulties, London and Winchester; Chief Examiner in Education Psychology, College of Preceptors, London; former educational psychologist in Essex and London; Visiting Lecturer to the Universities of London, Southampton, Maryland (U.S.A.), and Visiting Professor to the University of Khartoum (Sudan), as well as to many U.K. Colleges of Technology and teacher training colleges. His appointments have included a directorship of the International Council of Psychologists and the Chair of the Hampshire Association for Gifted Children. He has also written widely on the subject of educational psychology and forensic psychology, and as it’s first Editor-in-Chief, helped found the journal School Psychology International. Articles on his research into the philosophy, diagnosis and treatment of children with problems are available on request, as are his books.

He was made an honorary member of the Polish Medical Society for acting as consultant to the setting up of a therapeutic community near Warsaw similar to that of Allington Manor, giving lecturers and donating a book dealing with the functioning of the Centre. Louis Pasteur was one of the persons who achieved this honour outside Poland. He is currently an Educational and Psychological Consultant. He was made a fellow of the college of Preceptors and has also published books and over 360 articles on a variety of subjects including those dealing with Forensic matters. He was recently made President Elect (2010) of the Internationl Council of Psychologists.


(A) B.A. Degree. University of Western Australia, (1955-1958.)
Subjects taken:- Psychology, Education, English, German, Philosophy , Sociology.
(B) M.A. Degree. University of London, (1958 - 1960.)
Birkbeck College. Title of Research:- The Psychological Needs of Sub-Normal Children as Assessed by a Thematic Apperception Test. Examiner of Thesis - Prof. C. A. Mace.
(C) Diploma in Clinical and Educational Psychology. Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, (1961 - 1962.)
(D) Ph. D. University of London, (1966.) Main Research:- An Application of Group Operant Conditioning. Thesis Examiner:- Prof. Vernon and Dr. G. Jones.
(E) C. Psychol. AFBPsS. Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Membership Number:- 21085.

Zoompad said...

-President Elect 2010 – International Council of Psychologists
-Director, Allington Manor Psychological Services.
-Honorary Member of the Polish Medical Society.
-Member of the Association of Educational Psychologists (A.E.P.), Great Britain.
-Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Membership no: 3064/8272.
-Visiting Professor to the Jungian Society, Zurich, Switzerland. -Member of the International Foundation of Learning. ( Canada.)
-Member of Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Tensions. -Member of Editorial Board of Special Services in the Schools Journal. -Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Applied School Psychology. -Consulting Editor:- Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviour Journal.
-Member of the Special Group in Clinical Neuropsychology.
-Member of The British Academy of Forensic Sciences.
-Member of Editorial Board of Quarterly Journal of Mental Health.

-Previous Experience:-

-(1968 - 1974.) Chief Educational Psychologist, Hampshire C.C.
- Head of Psychology and Educational Psychology in charge of 12 qualified psychologists, other staff and trainees.
-Visiting Lecturer to the Department of Sociology for the University of Southampton and Reading College of Technology.
-(1974 - 1976.) Independent Clinical - Educational Consultant Psychologist. -Director of Assessment and Guidance Centre ( London and Winchester.) -Visiting Lecturer:- London University; University of Southampton; Reading College of Technology; Southampton Technical College; and University of Maryland, U.S.A.
-Visiting Professor of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Education, University of Khartoum, Omdurman, Sudan
- Development of Child Guidance and Special Education in the Sudan. -Former Editor-in-Chief,and a founder member of School Psychology International. (1979 - 1985.).
-Former Director of International Council of Psychologists (ICP) (1981 - 3.) -Former Chairman - Hampshire Branch of the Association for Gifted Children, (1981 - 1983.)
- Chairman and Trustee – Children of High Intelligence 2008/09
-Former Honorary Secretary of I.S.P.A. (1983 - 1985.)
-Former Chairman of the Consultative Committee on Solvent Abuse, Hampshire.
-Former Treasurer of the British Rorschach Forum Trust
-(1964 - 1967) Area Clinical Psychologist for Essex, (1964.)
-(1962 - 1964) Educational Psychologist, London County Council.
-(Before 1962.) Market Research, Industrial Psychology. Teacher. Research, Journalism, Army (Paratrooper), Tree - Felling, Lifeguard, Factory Worker, Farmer, Sailor, Swimming Instructor, Security Guard, Painter, Carpenter, Boat Builder, Foundry Worker.


(A) Prof. Charles Spielberger, Director, Centre for Research on Community Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620, U.S.A.
(B) Dr Peter Merenda, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, U.S.A. (C) Dr Frances Culbertson, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190, U.S.A.
(D) Mr W. Briggs, 2 Lynford Avenue, Winchester, Hants.
(E) Dr G, Watson, 49 Woodfield Drive, Winchester, Hants.
(F) Professor C. Mace, (Deceased) - Testimonial.
(G) Professor Sybil Eysenck, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London. SE5 8AH, Great Britain.


(A) American Psychological Association. – Member & Foreign Affiliate.
(B) National Association of Gifted Children. - Consultant to.
(C) Chairman of CHI (Children of High Intelligence)
(D) International Council of Psychologists. - Director (1983.) Director 2nd term (1999-2000)
(E) Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
(F) Fellow of the College of Preceptors (now the College of Teachers).
(G) UK Register of Expert Witnesses.
(H) The Expert Witness Directory.
(I) Member of the Academy of Expert Witnesses.
(J) Member of Expert Witness.
(K) APIL Expert Witness Database.
(L) AVMA Database.
(M) Chartered Scientist of British Psychological Society

Zoompad said...

James G. Lowenstein

Ambassador James G. Lowenstein is a cofounder and board member of the French-American Foundation. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Yale in 1949, he entered government service with the Economic Cooperation Administration serving in Paris at Marshall Plan European Headquarters. He was then detailed to Sarajevo for six months with the responsibility of supervising American assistance to Bosnia-Herzegovina and then returned to Paris as an aide on the Temporary Council Committee of NATO.

From 1952 to 1955, Ambassador Lowenstein was a naval officer serving on the USS Coral Sea and then on the staff of the Naval War College. He was commissioned a foreign service officer in 1956, was assigned to the Office of European Regional Affairs, and subsequently served at the American Embassies in Colombo and Belgrade. In 1965 he was appointed to the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In 1974 he became principal deputy assistant secretary of state for European Affairs and in 1977 he was named ambassador to Luxembourg. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1982 and then joined a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. and became a director or advisor of various investment funds, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in the United States and Europe. Ambassador Lowenstein acted as an official election observer on numerous occasions in Sri Lanka and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He is an officer in the French Legion of Honor.

Zoompad said...

Name ACP Capital Ltd
Head office Channel House 7
St Helier

Ordinary share symbol APL.ISE
Latest -
Last update -
Change since last close -
Currency -

All ISINs GB00B0T9K295
FTSE sector -

Key people
John Chapman - Executive Director James Lowenstein - Executive Director
Stephen Coe - Non-Executive Director Anthony Gardner-Hillman - Non-Executive Director

ACP Capital Ltd is a Jersey registered busniess that listed on the AIM of the LSE in early January 2006.

ACP Capital is a specialised integrated finance and asset management company targeting predominantly the under-served segment (companies with Enterprise Values below €250 million) of the European small to medium-sized enterprise market across real estate, automotive, retail, manufacturing, infrastructure, and other sectors.

Profit and loss 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Depreciation & amortisation (£ Mil.) 0 0 0 0 0
Interest payable (£ Mil.) 0.179 0.609 0.777 0.559 0.358
Pre-tax profit/loss (£ Mil.) 3.286 3.624 -8.752 -1.311 -4.015
Net income (£ Mil.) 3.286 3.624 -8.752 -1.311 -4.015
EPS (Including Ex'ords) (FRS 3) (p) 0.9 -46.2 9.4
Ordinary dividend (p)

Balance sheet 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Other long term assets (£ Mil.) 1.985 2.911 1.305
Stocks (£ Mil.) 0 0 0 0 0
Debtors (£ Mil.) 0.462 1.088 0.244 4.621 0.018
Short term debt (£ Mil.) 10.55 12.45 14.9 20.56 16.09
Trade payables (£ Mil.) 0.209
Provisions for liabilities and charges (£ Mil.) 0 0 0 0 0
Stockholders' equity (£ Mil.) 43.5 47.13 38.38 37.06 33.05
Number of employees

Analysis data 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Return on invested capital (%) 7.553 7.69 -22.81 -3.537 -12.15
Pretax profit margin (%) 212.4 109.6 157.8 -13.2 -308.4
Return on assets (%) 6.919 6.353 -15.43 -2.233 -6.55
Capitalisation ratio 89.47 79.47 75.16 64.83 57.15
Return on ordinary equity (%) 7.553 7.69 -22.81 -3.537 -12.15
Debt / equity ratio 24.25 26.41 38.84 55.46 48.69
Debt / invested capital 24.25 26.41 38.84 55.46 48.69
Debt / total assets 19.44 20.8 27.79 32.23 27.36

Shareview Dealing is provided by Equiniti Financial Services Limited.

Equiniti Limited and Equiniti Financial Services Limited are part of the Equiniti group of companies and whose registered offices are Aspect House, Spencer Road, Lancing, West Sussex BN99 6DA. The VAT registration number is GB915967778. Company share registration, employee scheme and pension administration services are provided through Equiniti Limited, which is registered in England & Wales with No. 6226088. Investment and general insurance services are provided through Equiniti Financial Services Limited, which is registered in England & Wales with No. 6208699 and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority of 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS and is on the FSA Register under reference 468631.


Source: Standard&Poor's. Powered by Interactive Data.

Zoompad said...

Directors - ACP Capital Limited
John Chapman, Director, ACP Capital Limited
Mr Chapman is a lawyer and member of the New York State Bar and Chartered Financial Analyst. He is currently a director of Central Asia Regional Growth Fund plc, a Dublin domiciled investment fund, the Black Sea Property Fund Limited and the Ottoman Fund Limited, both domiciled in Jersey, and Muni Funding Company of America LLC, a limited liability company domiciled in Delaware.

Patrick McCann, Director, ACP Capital Limited
Mr McCann has been a practising barrister at the Irish Bar since 1987. Between 2002 and 2003 he was the Secretary General of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE). Mr. McCann is a director of Central Asia Regional Growth Fund Plc and Eurobananacanarias S.A..

James Lowenstein, Director, ACP Capital Limited
Mr Lowenstein served as US ambassador to Luxembourg from 1977 to 1981 and was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1974 to 1977, with particular responsibility for NATO. Mr Lowenstein was formerly chairman of both Baltic Investments S.A., and formerly chairman of the Ukraine Fund Limited. He was also a member of the advisory board of the Foreign and Colonial American Major Companies Fund. Mr Lowenstein has been decorated with the Legion of Honor (France) and the Grand Croix de al Courenne de Chene (Luxembourg).

Stephen Coe, Director, ACP Capital Limited
Stephen Coe is a director of a number of listed and unlisted investment funds and offshore companies, including Raven Russia Limited and Matrix European Real Estate Investment Trust Limited. He has been involved with offshore investment funds and managers for the last 16 years with significant exposure to emerging markets, property and equity investments.

Mr. Coe qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1990 and remained in audit practice, specialising in financial services, until 1997. From 1997 to 2003 he was a director of the Bachmann Group of fiduciary companies and Managing Director of Bachmann Fund Administration Limited, a specialist third party fund administration company. Since 2003, Stephen has been a director with Investec in Guernsey and was formerly Managing Director of Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited prior to becoming self-employed in 2006 providing advisory services to financial services clients.

Antony Gardner-Hillman, Director, ACP Capital Limited
Mr Antony Gardner-Hillman is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Mr. Gardner-Hillman was a founding shareholder of the Jersey Trust Company group in 1987. He resigned as non-executive group chairman of Jersey Trust Company and disposed of his remaining shareholding in the group holding company on 29 February 2008. He was a partner of Crills, a Jersey law firm from January 1987 until May 2002.

Zoompad said...

Stuart Syvret - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Similar
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Stuart Syvret is a Jersey politician, who was a member of the States of Jersey assembly ..... The report by Christopher Chapman found that Syvret had harassed States ... In July 2008, Syvret and UK Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming began ...

Zoompad said...

Svyret's blogOn 22 January 2008, Syvret launched a blog.[60] Material published on the blog prompted an investigation commissioned by the States of Jersey Employment Board following complaints from civil servants that they were harassed.[61] The report by Christopher Chapman found that Syvret had harassed States employees and that the Employment Board had not done enough to defend staff.[62]

Other material posted on the blog by Syvret was to lead to his prosecution for breaches of data protection laws over his naming of "Nurse M" (see below).

Zoompad said...

The Black Sea Property Fund seeks to generate capital gains through the development, financing and sale of residential property in Bulgaria, including the prime areas of Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, the ski resorts and the capital, Sofia.

Investment strategyThe changes in the Bulgarian property market and international capital markets present opportunities. These opportunities include acquiring stakes in other collective investment vehicles and in other Bulgarian property classes. Accordingly, it is proposed to widen the investment strategy of the Fund to enable the Fund to take advantage of these opportunities fully.

The directors of the Fund, all of whom are non-executive, are as follows:
•John Chapman (chairman)
•Andrew Wignall
•Antony Gardner-Hillman

Directors Biographies
John Chapman
John Chapman, is a lawyer and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) specializing in representing shareholder interests in connection with the operation and management of investment funds and ancillary assets. His experience includes investment funds domiciled in numerous jurisdictions and investing in various asset classes, including debt, equity and property, in both developed and emerging markets.

Andrew Wignall
Mr Wignall, a chartered accountant, is currently an independent Director of a number of private equity and other alternative fund structures. Until 2007 he was a director of Moore Management Limited, the Jersey based fund management and fund administration company. Earlier he worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Jersey, where he resides.

Antony Gardner-Hillman
“Mr Gardner-Hillman, is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He was a founding shareholder of the Jersey Trust Company group in 1987. He resigned as non-executive group chairman of Jersey Trust Company and disposed of his remaining shareholding in the group holding company in February 2008. He was a partner of Crills, a Jersey law firm, from January 1987 until May 2002. “

Zoompad said...

An independent UK report says Senator Stuart Syvret is a bully.

Christopher Chapman was brought in by the States Employment Board to consider the extent of alleged harassment of states employees and the effect it's had on staff in general.

His conclusion is that Senator Syvret's blog has trespassed 'far beyond legitimate expression of concern' and is a torrent of bullying and intimidation.

On his blog Senator Syvret maintains that some senior civil servants are, 'demonstrably incompetent, idle, over-promoted, unethical, a danger to service clients, utterly ineffectual and provably criminal - and yet completely invulnerable.'

Allegations about individuals range from branding one a 'scum-bucket' to claiming another is a 'child rapist', despite no charges even being brought against them.

Mr Chapman interviewed 15 people here in Jersey for his investigation in to the Senator's conduct.

Employees said they were having difficulty sleeping, concentrating at work, socialising and maintaining normal family life. Some had sought medical advice.

Children have been bullied at school or subjected to a campaign of whispering and two employees been arrested without any charges being laid as a direct result of claims made on the blog.

The report doesn't just point the finger at the Senator.

Mr Chapmand told us: 'I think the surprising thing that I've found is that insufficient attention had been given to assessing the extent of the bullying and harassment and then obviously putting in place the measures that need to be taken to the extent to which the employers can to address it and deal with it.

The judge says the States Employment Board could be found to have condoned Senator Syvret's actions by not responding to or challenging the his behaviour.

Mr Chapman's report points out that the States response so far has been to ignore the problem in the vain hope that eventually it would go away.

The bullying issue will now be referred to the Privileges and Procedures Committee.

Senator Stuart Syvret says everything he's claimed on his blog can be substantiated. He claims that Chief Minister Terry Le Sueur has seen evidence.

Senator Syvret said the Howard League for Penal Reform's publication last year underlined many of the concerns he has expressed.

(from channel online)

Zoompad said...

Eddie Chapman was a professional criminal in the years before the Second World War. He was a member of a "jelly gang", which specialised in robbing safes by blowing them open using the explosive gelignite. His skill as a thief made him a good deal of money and allowed him to live the life of a wealthy playboy in Soho, mixing with the likes of Noel Coward, Ivor Novello and Marlene Dietrich.

By the start of 1939, however, he was being hunted by the police and fled to Jersey. He was caught by the Jersey police in February 1939 after burgling a nightclub and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, with an extra year being added on after an attempted escape in September 1939. He remained in prison even after the Germans invaded and occupied the Channel Islands in July 1940, and was finally released in October 1941.

Zoompad said...

From German agent to double agent
Eddie Chapman
Life on the occupied Channel Islands was harsh, and Chapman sought a way to return to Britain. He volunteered his services to the Germans as a spy and was eventually accepted by the German secret service, the Abwehr. The Abwehr was in a desperate position; it was getting only very low-quality intelligence out of Britain from its network of spies there. (In fact, though the Abwehr was unaware of this, MI5 had already caught almost all of the German spies in the UK and recruited several of them as double agents.)

The Abwehr saw Chapman as an ideal candidate for a spy. He claimed to be hostile to the British state, not least because he was still wanted by the police for his crimes on the UK mainland. His connections with the criminal underworld offered the possibility that he could recruit additional agents for the Germans, and his expertise with explosives would enable him to carry out acts of sabotage. In particular, the Germans wanted him to attack the De Havilland aircraft factory in Hertfordshire, which made the much-feared Mosquito bomber.

After a year's training in German-occupied France, Chapman was dropped by parachute into a field in Cambridgeshire on 16 December 1942. Instead of disappearing into the criminal underworld, as his German handlers intended, he promptly turned himself in to the police and MI5. His arrival was expected; unknown to him or the Germans, the British had cracked the Germans' secret codes and knew in advance when agent "Fritzchen" ("little Fritz"), the Germans' codename for Chapman, would be dropped into the UK.

Zoompad said...

Chapman was taken to a secret MI5 detention centre in west London known as Camp 020. He was interrogated by the formidable Lt Col Robin "Tin Eye" Stephens, who owed his nickname to the steel-rimmed monocle which he wore at all times (even, it was said, in bed). Chapman was fully willing to cooperate: he told his interrogators everything about his time in occupied France and the mission that the Germans had given him. He even volunteered to work for the British against the Germans. Although Chapman's criminal past was a cause for concern, Stephens concluded:

"In our opinion, Chapman should be used to the fullest extent... he genuinely means to work for the British against the Germans. By his courage and resourcefulness he is ideally fitted to be an agent."

Eddie Chapman thus became Agent ZIGZAG, one of the most important British double agents of the Second World War. MI5 decided to re-infiltrate Chapman into Germany and obtain more information about the Abwehr. Under the supervision of an MI5 officer, Chapman made radio contact with the Germans and informed them that he was preparing to carry out his sabotage mission at the De Havilland factory. He was sent to the factory at Hatfield, along with an MI5 minder, to work out a plan of attack so that he could tell his German controllers later what he had done.

Faking sabotage
The "attack" itself was one of the most remarkable deception operations of the Second World War. During the night of 29/30 January 1943, an elaborate system of camouflage was installed at the De Havilland factory to make it appear to German reconnaissance aircraft that a very large bomb had exploded inside the factory's power plant. Bomb-damaged transformers were created out of wood and papier-mache, and buildings were disguised with tarpaulins and corrugated iron sheets painted to appear from the air as if they were the half-demolished remains of walls and roofs. Rubble and debris was spread around the power plant, to make it appear as if it had been thrown there by an explosion. Separately, MI5 arranged for a fake story to be planted in the Daily Express reporting "an explosion at a factory on the outskirts of London."

The ruse was a complete success, even deceiving the factory's own staff. Chapman radioed the Germans to inform them of the successful "demolition" of the factory's power plant. The Abwehr was delighted with Chapman's work. In March 1943 he returned via neutral Portugal to Germany and travelled on to an Abwehr safe house in German-occupied Norway. To his amazement, he was awarded Germany's highest honour, the Iron Cross, in recognition of his work for the Abwehr. He was, and remains, the only British citizen ever to have been awarded this medal.

Chapman returned to Britain in June 1944 and survived the war, later publishing an account of his exploits in three books: The Eddie Chapman Story (1953), Free Agent: The Further Adventures of Eddie Chapman (1955) and The Real Eddie Chapman Story (1966). His story has also been told in two books published in 2007, Zigzag - The incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman by Nicholas Booth, and Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman, Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy, by Ben Macintyre. MI5's files on Chapman were released to The National Archives in 2001 following his death in 1997, and can be viewed by anyone with a National Archives readers' ticket.

Anonymous said...

This is far too big to go on as a comment to a blog. You're probably not being blocked from Rico's Blog it's just that the comment is too large.

Zoompad said...

I wish you were right, but I didnt post all this, I posted well within the limits. I made several attempts.

I know Rico would not block me from posting.

I will have another try, just so that I can be 100% sure that I am being blocked. I will post one sentance and see if it gets accepted. My comments are not even getting to the "Your comment has gone through and aqwaiting moderation" stage, they just get wiped completly clean. That was not happening until today.

Zoompad said...

I can get through now! But I have not been able to, and I did not make posts that were too long. Someone has been playing tricks and I will find out who it is, I am pissed off with stupid mind games. I might not be a compuiter expert but I know I did nothing different this time to what I did before, several times, someone is having a good fiddle and they can bloody well pack it in.

Zoompad said...

Perhaps its just as well that the pratts who are hacking my computer have decided to play stupid games. I was going to show this stuff to Rico privatly, but now I have been forced to post it all over, because of jack asses poking round my settings, other people will have seen it and maybe the mystery of why James Lowenstein was suddenly replaced on the Board of Directors is something of great significance. I like to think that the hackers have shot themselves in the foot yet again!

Zoompad said...

Like I said, if I have to I will walk about with a whacking great sandwich board, I wont be gagged!

Zoompad said...

Oho, thats caused a bit of a stir!

Why the sudden interest? Are the Lowensteins, or the Chapmans getting into a flap?

United Kingdom 49

Jersey 18

United States 17

Portugal 10

Germany 4

Lithuania 4

Latvia 3

Cyprus 2

Hungary 2

Uruguay 2

Zoompad said...

And neither Stuart or Rico have published it so far! So who are all these 18 Jersey people who have suddenly rushed onto my blog - they cant be Stuart Syvret supporters for the reason I have given!

Zoompad said...

Probably the same morons who hacked my computer and mucked around with my settings. I will find out who you are, its only a matter of time.

Zoompad said...

Yes, I have noticed the creepy comments made on the Blog of Doom about other peoples blogs and their links being removed. I think I am understanding pretty well what has been going on now.

Hacking is a criminal offence, but the Doombloggers dont really care about stuff like that, they boasted openly about hacking my computer, posting it on their own Blog of Woe and how they were going to hack Carolyn Labley. I told Stafford Police to simply read what they posted on their blog, when they came to my house after false allegations were made about me by people who ought to have been prosicueted for wasting police time. Of course, theres no hope of that happening as Stafford Police are too cowardly to prosecute MI5 agents, they can only harass child abuse survivors. I suppose you cant expect them all to be as brave as I have been though, and, after all, I have the Lord Jesus Christ to help me, but in this day and age the police are too scared to offend the EU Common Purpose traitors association by declaring faith in the Lord Jesus, now that they have started banning the reading of the Holy Bible in public places (claiming it is hate crime)

Zoompad said...

Finding out the truth was horrible. I felt so sick at the thought of such a wicked betrayal.

The Lord comforted me, by reminding me of Joshua's soldiers as they drank water. Thank you Jesus xx

andrew martin said...

I went to Allington Manor I couldn't read more than the first few lines as the fear and vomit rising in my gut was over whelming, I could never explain what happened to me there and at 38 years old I still have to block it out

Zoompad said...


I have just had another comment left on one of my other blog posts:

here is the comment:

Anonymous said...
Dr Lowenstein is still practicing at high levels and influencing other psychologists and psychiatrists, such as Dr Peter Misch, who cited Dr Lowenstein's work in 2011 at a Royal College Psych conference. Dr Peter Misch reports Parental Alienation frequently when a mother refuses to accept that her child is lying about the abuse they said they have received. Courts up and down the UK, when there is unsubstantiated claims from the children of abuse, are ordering children to be told they are lying and then so call expert witnesses like Dr Peter Misch and Dr Lowenstein are writing reports saying the parent that believes the children is being abusive and the children should be removed from them and put with the parent they say has abused them. Why doesn't anyone investigate this properly? I have read so many cases about parents loosing their children to the parent the children say abused them because of reports provided by people like Dr Misch and Dr Lowenstein. Some of these so called experts actively lie, including Dr Misch, and it has been known that people have had polygraph tests to prove this. But a polygraph test is only accepted in court if a judge allows it to be. I am shocked that both Dr Peter Misch and Dr Lowenstein can get away things like this and keep practicing. But then Dr Misch is high up in the Royal College of Psychiatry food chain and Dr Lowenstein is high up in the America Psychologist Association. It is only bloggs like this that attempts to keep children safe but more change is needed.

14 June 2014 02:19

I didn't know about Dr Peter Misch, I know it must be painful for you, but please can you help me expose these corrupt heartless creeps, because the only way the abuse is ever going to stop is if men like Lownstein and Misch are brought to justice!

Zoompad said...

"I could never explain what happened to me there"

Without going into massive detail, wonder if you could try, just a rough outline of what they did to you? Sorry if asking is upsetting for you, but I am desperate to get these paedophile ringleaders brought to justice

Anonymous said...

what do you know about Allington Manor?, Social Services and police had full accounts from me and a fellow student they didn't listen then what can change now

Zoompad said...

I have read the Hampshire County Council report about Allington Manor, which someone posted online, but its been taken down since, but not quick enough that I managed to copy and save it,and I have reposted it on this blog, its here somewhere, if I can't find the link amongst all the jumble I will repost it.

The reason I was looking for stuff abut Lowensein is because I was being accused in the secret courts of having Parental Alienation Syndrome, and I discovered,thanks to Liz Richards in the USA that Richard Gardner was part of a paedophie network, and it was him that is accredited with inventing PAS

Zoompad said...

Here it is:,d.ZGU

Zoompad said...






Before: Mr Mark Rowland (Chairman)
Mr George Thomas
Mr Robert Bessell

Hearing at Winchester on 24, 25, 26 and 27 March 1997 of an Appeal against a decision of the Children's Service Sub-Committee of the Social Services Committee of Hampshire County Council notified to the Appellants on 15 October 1996 whereby it was resolved that there be cancelled the registration under Part VIII of the Children Act 1989 of Dr Ludwig Fred Lowenstein and Mrs Kathleen Brenda Lowenstein in respect of Allington Manor School, Allington Lane, Fair Oak, Hampshire SO50 7DE.


For the Respondents:

Mr Garry Grant of counsel, instructed by Mrs Kate Phillipson, solicitor, of the Chief Executive's Department, Hampshire County Council, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire S023 8UJ.

The Appellants in person.


It is the unanimous decision of the Tribunal that the Appeal be dismissed.

Zoompad said...


Allington Manor School is a therapeutic community based in a large house in substantial grounds. The Appellants have run the community for many years. Dr Lowenstein is an educational psychologist. Mrs Lowenstein is a qualified teacher. After Part VIII of the Children Act 1989 had come into force, they sought registration of Allington Manor as a children's home. It was not registered as a school because there were fewer than five pupils. After protracted correspondence, the Respondents issued a certificate of registration under the Children Act 1989 and the Children's Homes Regulations 1991. The certificate was dated 17 February 1994 and contained five conditions of registration. The two of relevance to these proceedings were:
"1. The number of children for whom accommodation with both board and care is provided at any one time shall not exceed six.

"2. That the proprietor shall employ staff in sufficient numbers with experience and qualification to meet the purpose and function of the home. A full list of all staff employed giving their function and role, hours employed, relevant experience and qualification shall be provided to the registration authority within three months of registration."

The Respondents have never been entirely happy with the way Allington Manor has been run and there has been much correspondence between them and the Appellants ever since registration. We were not shown all the correspondence because it was not considered to be relevant to the proceedings before us. Some issues have no doubt been resolved to the satisfaction of the Respondents and some may have been abandoned as having been bad points or as not being of sufficient importance. However, there have continued to be some major concerns. Matters came to a head in early 1996 following the Appellants' refusal to accept the resignation of one Roger Small who had been employed as a classroom assistant. That led to a proposal to cancel the registration. Representations were made to a sub-committee of the county council's Social Services Committee who decided to adopt the proposal. The Appellants now appeal against that decision.

Zoompad said...

The Statement of Reasons served under rule 5(2) of the Registered Homes Tribunal Rules 1984 and dated 20 February 1997 has been drafted by counsel. They are the reasons upon which the Respondents seek to resist the appeal rather than the reasons for the sub-committee's decision. That is acceptable, as we are concerned with the merits of the sub-committee's conclusion rather than the merits of their reasoning. We have been greatly assisted by the clarity of the Statement of Reasons. The five reasons advanced for the cancellation of registration are:
"Reason 1

"The Appellants have failed to ensure that the experience and qualifications of the staff are adequate to ensure the welfare of the children is safeguarded and promoted at all times contrary to regulation 5 of the Children's Homes Regulations 1991.

"(a) Failed to employ a suitable head of care with an appropriate social work qualification in accordance with the advice of the Respondent;

"(b) Failed to ensure that all staff were police checked prior to entering any form of employment at the Home contrary to the guidance and regulations to the Children Act 1989 and the recommendations of the Warner Report 'Choosing with Care';

'(c) Employed staff in the home in a voluntary capacity or otherwise without knowing the outcome of police checks;

"(d) Recruited or offered to recruit staff in response to a request for a placement of particular children undermining the ability to properly assess the suitability [of] the appointment;

"(e) Employed unqualified and inexperienced staff including Frank Swanborough who was employed under the inappropriate title of 'handyman/care worker', who had his care worker role identified at the end of his list of duties and who had no previous professional child care experience, had not in June 1996 read any of the children's files and had no understanding of specific plans for individual children nor any awareness of the needs of vulnerable young people;

"(f) The Respondent will also rely on the matters particularised under reason 3;

"(g) The Respondent will also rely on the matters particularised under reason 4:
"Reason 2

Zoompad said...

"The Appellants have failed to comply with Condition 2 of the Registration Certificate by reason of their failure (i) to employ staff in sufficient numbers with experience and qualifications to meet the purpose and function of the home and (ii) failure to provide a full list of staff employed giving their function and role, hours employed, relevant experience and qualifications to the Respondent within 3 months of registration.

"(a) Under failure (i) the Respondent relies on the particulars given under Reason l;

"(b) On 3rd May 1994 the Appellant wrote to the Respondent stating that he could not abide by the conditions within the registration form as to staffing requirements and seeking advice on de-registration;

"(c) No list which complies with the condition was supplied prior to 17th May 1994;

"(d) Staff lists have thereafter been submitted which do not contain the information required of the skills and experience and relevant qualification of the staff numbers, for example in January 1996 the Respondent received a staff list which stated the names of 6 staff members but gave no information about qualifications or experience;

"(e) In April 1996 an additional member of staff (Mr Swanborough) had joined the staff group, but the inspectorate were not informed of this until the next staff list sent in September 1996.

"Reason 3

"The Appellants have failed to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children accommodated in the Home pursuant to section 64(1)(a) of the Children Act 1989 by failing to respond to and understand the requirements for appropriate restraint training.
"(a) Despite a need identified in 1993 [and] recommendations from the Respondent in January and July 1995 the Appellants have failed to ensure that all staff receive training in restraint techniques by an accredited and recognised instructor in such techniques;

"(b) The Appellants have inappropriately chosen to rely on the experience of Dr Lowenstein including his experience as a wrestler.

"Reason 4
"The Appellants have failed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children accommodated in the Home pursuant to section 64(1)(a) of the Children Act 1989 by demonstrating a lack of judgement in dismissing the recommendations of a professional referee and in proceeding to and continuing to employ Mr Small.

Zoompad said...

"(a) Mr Small was dismissed from his employment with Hampshire County Council for reasons that were specific to his employment within social care work;

"(b) When Dr Lowenstein took up references from his former employer, Hampshire County Council, the reference from Chris Jackson, the Unit Manager, stated that it could not recommend his employment with young or vulnerable people;

"(c) There was no written evidence of interviews or observations of recruitment process in relation to Mr Small;

"(d) The Appellants elected to employ Mr Small in the home following an interview and having completed a personality questionnaire devised by Dr Lowenstein;

"(e) Mr Small informed the Respondent on or about 23rd January 1996 that he had been working in the home since October 1995 and could work evenings with residents on a voluntary basis;

"(f) In January 1996 the Appellant refused to review his decision to employ Mr Small [and] instead sought a meeting to challenge this requirement;

"(g) In March 1996 in the face of further information concerning mistreatment of young people by Mr Small, previously unknown to the Inspection Unit and the Appellants, the Appellants refused to accept that his recruitment practice had been unsound and continued to maintain that Mr Small had been unfairly treated and should be given a chance of employment with children;

"(h) From 18/3/1996 to at least 24/5/1996 the Appellants continued to employ Mr Small against the advice of the Respondent's officers in circumstances that it remained likely that Mr Small would come into contact with children.

"Reason 5

"The Appellants have failed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children accommodated in the Home pursuant to section 64(1)(a) of the Children Act 1989 by failing to arrange for suitable plans to be drawn up in respect of the children looked after in the home."

Zoompad said...

"(a) The issue of care plans was first raised in 1993. In July 1993 the Appellants plans were criticised as being a list of requirements with uncertainty as to implementation;

"(b) On 19/7/1995 an inspection revealed no record of short, medium or long term care plans and a recommendation for such details to be recorded was made;

"(c) Based on information provided by the Respondent on 19th September 1995 the Appellants should have been able to draw up suitable plans;

"(d) An inspection visit on 10/6/1996 revealed that the children's files did not contain information in a structured and planned way which would enable them to be read as a history of the child's life in care, [and]contained no analysis of the child's progress, work undertaken [and] no identification of achievement and areas for further work. The files contained inadequate records of significant events and contacts with professionals or parents. There was no identification of persons responsible for particular tasks;

"(e) The Respondent will also rely on the matters particularised under Reason 1 at (e)"
It is clear that the matters relied on under Reasons 1, 2, 3 and 5 would not, even taken together, have led the Respondents to propose the cancellation of the registration in the absence of the matters relied on under Reason 4. That is not to say that it was improper to rely upon them in resisting this appeal because, even though we find Reason 4 to be proved, we are not necessarily bound to cancel the registration. Our findings on issues raised under Reasons 1, 2, 3 and 5 are matters we can then take into account, together with our finding under Reason 4, when considering whether registration should be cancelled.

Zoompad said...

Indeed, there is a common theme running through all the Reasons, which is the reluctance of Dr Lowenstein, and to a lesser extent Mrs Lowenstein, to seek or accept advice about matters relevant to the running of a registered children's home. This has not been helped by there being something of a culture clash between the Appellants, with their backgrounds in the worlds of psychology and education, and the Respondents' inspection team, with their background in the world of social work. The consequent misunderstandings have not all been on one side.

We observe that it is stated in The Children Act 1989: Guidance and Regulations Volume 4 Residential Care at paragraph 1.10 that "it must be recognised that a measure of flexibility will be expected in the application of the Regulations and Guidance to [schools]". We also observe that it is also stated there that some schools "will have to be looked at as rigorously as any private children's home".

It is convenient to look at the various issues raised by the Statement of Reasons in a slightly different sequence from the one in the Statement of Reasons itself. We will nonetheless start with Reason 1(a).

Reason 1(a) - lack of a qualified head of care

The Respondents had a general policy of requiring the head of care in a children's home to have a formal social work qualification (CQSW, DipSW or CSS). It was common ground that Mrs Lowenstein had been head of care and did not possess such a qualification. The Appellants had made some half-hearted attempts to recruit someone with a relevant qualification but their case really was that it was unnecessary to do so because they themselves possessed other professional qualifications and had considerable experience of caring for children. This is one of those areas where "a measure of flexibility" might be regarded as appropriate and, indeed, it seems to us that there has been some flexibility in the Respondents' approach. After all, they were prepared to register the home without a qualified head of care being in post. Mr Thomas, who was one of the Respondents' inspectors until early 1996 was also prepared to accept in evidence that the person with the social work qualification need not necessarily have been the head of care provided he or she had some real experience and was employed in a capacity carrying the authority to influence the practice within the home. He further accepted that there would have been "less urgency" in respect of this issue had the Appellants displayed more knowledge of social work practice and procedure themselves. We wonder whether it would have been desirable to discuss with the Appellants whether some training for Mrs Lowenstein short of a full Dip SW might have been sufficient.

Zoompad said...

At the heart of Dr Lowenstein's submissions was a clear view on his part that a social work qualification was of no value. He frequently made the point that well-qualified care workers are not necessarily better at their work than qualified carers. That may be true, but it does not follow that all qualified care workers are no good or that a good unqualified care worker cannot become more effective if he or she acquires a qualification. Both Appellants conceded that they did not really know anything about the content of a social work course. It is therefore difficult to see how they could properly dismiss it as being of know use. Materially in this case, a social work qualification would have given the holder some knowledge and understanding of the practice and procedures expected by the Respondents' inspection team, particularly as regards the keeping of records. The absence, within the team working at Allington Manor, of that knowledge and understanding is revealed in the other issues raised in the Statement of Reasons.

Mrs Lowenstein mentioned that, with her husband, she attended international conferences of psychologists. In that area of their work, the Appellants were doubtless both well informed. However, in other areas, Allington Manor appears to have been rather isolated from developments around them.

This isolation was exacerbated by the lack of any written guidance published by the Respondents. We were told that there are only five registered children's homes in Hampshire and that written guidance had not yet been developed. We consider that this is unfortunate and that the Respondents might give some thought to adapting the guidance published by other authorities. Merely referring proprietors to documents published by, or on behalf of, the Department of Health is not enough, because much of the guidance contained in such publications is in very broad terms. There are many issues on which local authorities can provide more specific guidance.

Zoompad said...

At the heart of Dr Lowenstein's submissions was a clear view on his part that a social work qualification was of no value. He frequently made the point that well-qualified care workers are not necessarily better at their work than qualified carers. That may be true, but it does not follow that all qualified care workers are no good or that a good unqualified care worker cannot become more effective if he or she acquires a qualification. Both Appellants conceded that they did not really know anything about the content of a social work course. It is therefore difficult to see how they could properly dismiss it as being of know use. Materially in this case, a social work qualification would have given the holder some knowledge and understanding of the practice and procedures expected by the Respondents' inspection team, particularly as regards the keeping of records. The absence, within the team working at Allington Manor, of that knowledge and understanding is revealed in the other issues raised in the Statement of Reasons.

Mrs Lowenstein mentioned that, with her husband, she attended international conferences of psychologists. In that area of their work, the Appellants were doubtless both well informed. However, in other areas, Allington Manor appears to have been rather isolated from developments around them.

This isolation was exacerbated by the lack of any written guidance published by the Respondents. We were told that there are only five registered children's homes in Hampshire and that written guidance had not yet been developed. We consider that this is unfortunate and that the Respondents might give some thought to adapting the guidance published by other authorities. Merely referring proprietors to documents published by, or on behalf of, the Department of Health is not enough, because much of the guidance contained in such publications is in very broad terms. There are many issues on which local authorities can provide more specific guidance.

Zoompad said...

Reason 5 - inadequate care plans

It was not disputed that the care plans had not been in an appropriate form until recently. It was, however, accepted by the Respondents that there had been considerable improvements since Mrs Lowenstein had taken over the writing of the plans from her husband. These had been achieved with much guidance from the inspection team.

Having heard the Appellants, we accept that, in truth, there was rather more in the way of planning for the care of the children during the time when Dr Lowenstein was writing the plans than was appreciated by the inspecting officers. That, however, is not a vindication of the Appellants. A registered children's home must be inspected and the inspectors must be able to see what is going on. If the written records do not disclose what is going on, the inspectors can hardly be blamed if they draw the wrong conclusions from those records. In other words, a registered children's home must not only be run effectively but it must also be seen through its records to be run effectively.

Furthermore, written care plans are an important tool for use in working with children. Staff should be able to refer to them to remind themselves of the context in which they are working. The Appellants may have closely supervised their staff giving them oral instructions in the light of their plans, but that is not enough. A home cannot be run properly on the basis of plans that are in the minds of the proprietors and are not fully recorded elsewhere.

Although we accept that there was more in the way of planning than the inspectors saw, we are not convinced that it was uniformly adequate. We suspect that the planning of the psychological input was quite sophisticated but we are not sure that the planning of other aspects of the development of the children was as structured or as comprehensive as it should have been. However, in the absence of adequate records, it is difficult to judge the quality of the planning in the past with any degree of certainty and, in view of the improvements that have been made, it is unnecessary for us to do so.

Two aspects of the planning process remained the subject of criticism in the February 1997 inspection report. One criticism was that the children were not involved in the development of the care plans. The other was that staff remained unfamiliar with the plans.

The Appellants replied to the first of those criticisms by saying that the children were involved through their daily group confrontation meetings. The Respondents did not consider that to be an adequate answer and criticised the apparent involvement of the children in the development of each other's care plans. It seems to us that the use of the group confrontation meetings may be a valuable tool in-the development of plans but that it hardly amounts to a sufficient involvement of the individual child in the development of a long-term plan. On the other hand, the evidence of the Appellants was that there has in fact been work with individual children and, indeed, it would be surprising if there were none. What seems to be missing is a structured discussion with each child about his or her care plan or, at any rate, any clear record of such discussions. Further, there is a possibility that the life-story history is not being developed, which would be important when the child moves on from Allington Manor.

Zoompad said...

So far as the knowledge of the staff is concerned, we accept that not all the staff were as familiar with the care plans as they should have been. This seems to us to reflect an attitude that the compilation of proper care plans is a bureaucratic chore of no practical use in the home, whereas the care plans should be used to inform the work of staff.

Reason 3 - restraint techniques

Dr Lowenstein has developed his own techniques of restraint. In his bundle of documents. Dr Lowenstein produced evidence purporting to show the suitability of those techniques. Mr Grant sought leave to introduce evidence to the contrary which was granted. However, on reflection, we decided not to hear evidence on either side as to the suitability of the techniques. That was not really the issue raised in the Statement of Reasons.

Dr Lowenstein's case was that he trained the staff in his technique and that it was not necessary for them to receive training elsewhere. The Respondents' reply was that he was not an accredited and recognised instructor. The real complaint therefore was that he had not sought accreditation and recognition. One of the inspectors conceded that she had no idea how Dr Lowenstein might have sought accreditation or even how he might have discovered that information. However, Mrs Datta, the senior inspector, told us that there are agencies who accredit trainers or consultants.

We consider that the complaint that Dr Lowenstein failed to seek accreditation and recognition is justified.

However, we are not unsympathetic to the Appellants because the matter does not seem to have been put clearly in that way until the hearing before us. They have been told only that they and their staff need training from another agency. This seems to us to be an example of the inspectors not recognising that the experience of the Appellants might have some value despite the fact that it had not been acquired through an accredited agency.

On the other hand, Dr Lowenstein's firm belief that his technique must be acceptable does not appear to us to be justified when he has not submitted it for scrutiny by others. It may be acceptable but he should allow others to judge it.

Zoompad said...

Dr Lowenstein was also very keen to stress that one should not shy away from the need physically to restrain difficult children and he criticised the inspectors' frequent references to such children being "vulnerable". However, the inspectors did not deny that the use of physical restraint was sometimes inevitable and Dr Lowenstein's writings show a clear understanding of the need to evolve techniques for avoiding the need for physical restraint so far as is practical. It seems to us that the differences between Dr Lowenstein and the inspectors were really matters of emphasis rather than substance and Dr Lowenstein's insistence on highlighting them shows again his general antipathy to social workers as much as anything else.

Reason 1(d) - ad hoc recruitment of staff

This complaint arose primarily out of a letter written to Ms Datta by Somerset County Council on 8 March 1996. The letter was concerned mainly with Dr Lowenstein's method of levying charges but it showed that staff were to be recruited specially in anticipation of the admission of one child. The Appellants did not deny that that was so but argued that it was necessary, and even desirable, that staff should be recruited and trained with the needs of a particular child in mind.

No doubt, the Appellants are right up to a point. However, the Respondents are entitled to be concerned that, if staff are recruited to meet the needs of a particular child, it is likely that the recruitment process will be hurried and therefore less effective in finding the most suitable applicants. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the Appellants had a long-term recruitment policy designed to ensure that they had a core staff of experienced and trained care workers.

We do not really have sufficient evidence to enable us to make a clear judgement about the propriety of the particular arrangements made for recruitment of staff in response to the proposed placement by Somerset County Council. The generally unsatisfactory nature of the Appellants' recruitment process is something we shall look at more closely when we consider Reason 4.

Reason 1(e) - employment of a handyman/care worker

All care workers must start somewhere and so the employment of a person who is "unqualified and inexperienced" is not objectionable, provided he or she is properly supervised and trained by qualified and experienced staff. Nor can there be any objection in principle to employing a person as both a handyman and a care worker.

However, to the extent that such a person is employed as a care worker, he or she ought to receive the training relevant to that side of the work and to be aware of the care plans for children. Dr Lowenstein said that Mr Swanborough was of a taciturn disposition and would have been more aware of the needs of the children than the inspectors understood from talking to him. Even if that is so, his knowledge would seem to have been derived from oral instructions rather than sight of the children's files or written care plans and we doubt that his understanding was very deep.

Zoompad said...

We also consider that the variation in the description of his job which was sometimes "handyman", sometimes "handyman/care worker" and sometimes "care worker" suggests a lack of precision as to exactly what his role was and a lack of understanding of the need for a proper staff structure and recorded system of supervision and training.

Reason 2 - failure to comply with condition 2 of the certificate of registration

In as much as this overlaps with Reason 1, we need say nothing further here.

The Respondents also rely on the failure to produce a list of staff with their function and role, hours employed, relevant experience and qualification. There was a clear breach of condition 2 when no such list was provided within three months of registration. The list submitted on 11 April 1994 was clearly inadequate. However, by 1996, it seems to us that that breach had become irrelevant.

By regulation 25(4) of, and paragraphs 15 to 18 and 27 of Schedule 5 to, the Children's Homes Regulations 1991, a list of staff and certain particulars about them is required to be sent to a registration authority upon an application being made for registration. By regulation 27, a person carrying on a home is obliged to notify a registration authority of any changes in the information provided under regulation 25(4), such notification being required "[I]n connection with an annual review of registration". By regulation 17(1) of, and paragraph 2 of Schedule 3 to, those Regulations, certain records concerning the staff must be kept in the home. By regulation 4(1) a proprietor must maintain a statement of purpose and function of a home and, by paragraphs 4 and 5 of Schedule 1 to those Regulations, that must contain particulars as to the organisational structure of the home, the experience of the person in charge, the staff and others working there and details of qualifications held by any of those persons relevant to their work in the home, or to the care of children.

Condition 2 of the certificate of registration seems to be designed to deal with those cases where a full complement of staff will be recruited only after registration so that the requirement to provide a list on the application is not a great deal of use. The Respondents seem to have interpreted the condition as giving rise to a continuing obligation to provide lists and notify them of changes of staff. We do not consider that to be so. As a ground for cancellation of registration, it was necessary for the Respondents to rely on a breach of the duty imposed by regulation 27 or, possibly, either a breach of the duty imposed by regulation 17 to keep records in the home or a breach of the duty imposed by regulation 4(1) to include specified particulars in the statement of purpose and function. The evidence in this case was not directed specifically to any breach of regulation 17 or of regulation 4(1), although the inadequacy of the lists provided suggests that there may have been such breaches, particularly as some of the lists appear to have been provided with, or as part of, statements of purpose and function. On the other hand, it would appear that there were breaches of the duty imposed by regulation 27.

Zoompad said...

We therefore accept the substance of the Respondents' complaint. However, that complaint is not accompanied by any suggestion that the staffing was inadequate, save in the respects identified in Reason 1. Nor did the Respondents urgently seek fuller lists when the inadequate ones were provided. The Appellants accept that the lists were not adequate. The inadequacy of the lists is not, in itself, serious but it points to the lack of a coherent staffing policy and is another example of the Appellants' lack of comprehension of the duties imposed on them by the legislation.

Reasons l(b), l(c) and 4 - the employment of Mr Small

There is some, but not much, dispute concerning the circumstances of the employment of Mr Small. It appears that he was first interviewed by Dr Lowenstein on 5 September 1995. We have no reason to doubt Dr Lowenstein's evidence that he intended to employ Mr Small in the light of the proposed placement of a particular boy who was then the subject of proceedings in a court. At that interview, Mr Small signed a consent to a criminal background check. The details on the form were completed by Mr Small and show the job title as "care worker". The form was not finally signed by Dr Lowenstein until 9 October 1995. He inserted the starting date for the employment as being the same day. It may not be a coincidence that that was the day upon which the court finally made an order permitting the placement of the boy at Allington Manor as a day pupil, although the placement did not take place until the beginning of the next term, in the New Year. Meanwhile, Dr Lowenstein had written to referees. The first was from Mr Chris Jackson, the unit manager of a children's home run by Hampshire County Council where Mr Small had last worked. On 31 October 1995. he wrote:
"Roger Small worked for the Social Services department of Hampshire County Council for 15 years from 29 October 1979 until April 1995 latterly he was employed as a Residential Social Services Officer at [....], a locally based children's home.
"Mr Small was dismissed from this post for reasons that were specific to his employment within Social Care work. Whilst we could not recommend Mr Small's employment with young or vulnerable people we recognise his skills in the following areas:

Roger was normally very good and concise with his record keeping.

He was well organised and his time keeping was excellent.

Roger had very little absence from work and was therefore a reliable member of staff.

Roger had a certain amount of responsibility, being of a more senior level than some. In the absence of more senior staff he was at times responsible for the day to day running of the unit.

Roger showed himself capable of working a rostered shift pattern without problems.

Roger seemed well able to communicate with his colleagues and had a good sense of humour."

Zoompad said...

On 10 November 1995, Dr Lowenstein again wrote to Mr Jackson, saying:
"I thank you for the information concerning the above mentioned in your letter of the 31st October. It leaves me rather puzzled as you have mentioned a number of very good points regarding Mr Small, but the second paragraph indicates that he was dismissed and that you would not recommend Mr Small's employment with young or vulnerable people. I wonder if you would elaborate on what kind of children you would not recommend him to work with and why. Most of the youngsters at Allington Manor School and Therapeutic Community are adolescents and I wonder whether you would feel the same way about such youngsters in connection with Mr Small i.e. that he should not be employed for that purpose.'

On 11 December 1995, Mr Jackson replied, saying that he felt unable to add anything further to his original reference.

Dr Lowenstein had also obtained a reference from Mr Steve Cockett, a senior practitioner who had been Mr Small's superior until 1992. That reference was initially provided on personal notepaper but, after the inspectors had commented on that fact, it was rewritten on headed Hampshire County Council notepaper and redated 13 February 1996. It is unnecessary to set it out in full here but it was a very favourable reference and made no mention of Mr Small's later dismissal by the county council or of any other disciplinary action being taken against him.

Dr Lowenstein told us that he had interviewed Mr Small several times and that Mr Small had spent some time at Allington Manor on a number of occasions when he had met staff and children and Dr Lowenstein had been able to observe how he interacted with them. He told us that he had also carried out a personality test that he had devised himself and that that had further satisfied him of Mr Small's suitability. He also told us that Mr Small had informed him at the first interview that he had been dismissed by Hampshire County Council and had discussed the incidents leading to the dismissal on that and subsequent occasions. He further said that Mr Small was not employed until the new term started in January 1996 and that he was then employed as a classroom assistant on the basis that he would be under constant supervision.

The Respondents disputed that Mr Small was always supervised and suggested that he had in fact been employed from 9 October 1995 as suggested by the request for the criminal record check, at least on a voluntary basis as had been stated to the inspectors. They also suggested that he had been employed as a care worker rather than as a classroom assistant, pointing out that he had been described as a care worker on more than one document. The Appellants rejected those suggestions. Dr Lowenstein said that the reason the starting date had been written as 9 October 1995 on the request for the criminal record check was that he thought that he would obtain a result more quickly and that Mr Small had not been working in 1995 but had merely been undergoing assessment, although on some occasions he had been there for some hours. He also pointed out that the boy with whom Mr Small was expected to work was only at the school during the day and he said that Mr Small would always be under the supervision of Mrs Williams, the teacher, even if he had to take the boy he was working with into the next room.

Zoompad said...

We are prepared to accept that Mr Small did not work at Allington Manor during 1995, save to the extent that he was with the staff and children while undergoing assessment. That might well have been described as voluntary work. However, that does not alter the Respondents' main point which is that Mr Small had access to the children for substantial periods of time before the police checks had been carried out. Under Reason l(c), the Respondents further relied on the fact that Mr Swanborough had had contact with children before the results of police checks were known.

Dr Lowenstein made it plain to us that he now accepted that it was wrong for potential employees to have contact with the children before the results of the police checks were known and he told us that, since February 1996, observation has always been carried out after the result of the check has been received.

We accept that, from January 1996, Mr Small was employed to work in the classroom with one particular boy. The description of him as a care worker merely reflects the Appellants' philosophy that everyone in the community was working together to care for the children and their general lack of precision over staffing matters. However, it was accepted by the Appellants and by Mr Small himself that he would also have contact with other children in the classroom and outside and might be called upon to restrain them if the need arose, which it did from time to time as is revealed by the incident book. Furthermore, while most of Mr Small's work could be expected to be carried out within the sight of other members of staff, that would not necessarily be so. It was particularly significant that Mrs Williams, giving evidence to us, said that she was not given any specific instructions that Mr Small was always to be supervised.

The inspectors having objected to Mr Small's employment and Dr Lowenstein not being happy with their objections, a meeting was arranged on 18 March 1996. It was chaired by Mr Alan Backhouse who was then an Assistant Director in the Social Services Department. Dr Lowenstein complained to us that Mr Backhouse was not independent. However, there was no obligation on the inspection team to bring in an independent adjudicator. Mr Backhouse brought a fresh mind to bear on the situation and had the authority to overrule the inspection team if he thought fit. Both Appellants were present at that meeting, as were Mr Small, Ms Datta and a Service Quality Manager.

Zoompad said...

Mr Small told the meeting that there had been a number of incidents during his employment with Hampshire County Council, which are recorded in the minutes of the meeting as:
"In 1981 he was disciplined for striking a young person.

In 1982 he was also disciplined for striking a young person.

In 1983 there was a third disciplinary which petered out as there was not enough evidence on the 4 counts.

In 1993 he was given a verbal warning when he had twisted a young person's foot when kicked by that young person.

In 1994 three young people (2 boys and a girl) alleged sexual harassment following a number of play fights where Mr Small smacked the young girl's bottom on up to 5 occasions. There was a disciplinary hearing which laid down conditions for Mr Small.

Additionally there had been allegations made when Mr Small entered a girl's bedroom and another when he entered a girl's bathroom.

In 1995 there was a stage 3 disciplinary hearing following an excessive restraint when Mr Small held his hand over a boy's mouth."

The minutes also record that "Dr Lowenstein had not been aware of every incident outlined above although Mr Small had discussed his previous experiences in Hampshire and the disciplinary hearings in some detail and had been open and honest". In his evidence to us, Mr Backhouse confirmed that it was his impression that Dr Lowenstein had not heard all the details of all the incidents before that meeting. We accept that that was so. Both Dr Lowenstein and Mr Small were a little vague in their evidence as to what exactly Mr Small had told Dr Lowenstein and when he had done so.

At the end of the meeting, Mr Backhouse offered the Appellants three choices which were minuted as follows:
"(i) Dr Lowenstein could choose to accept Mr Small's offer of resignation and to meet the recommendations of the inspection unit, in which case registration could be continued.

(ii) Dr Lowenstein could be given the opportunity to put his case to the social services committee in which case they would independently make a judgement and final decision on whether to register Allington Manor.

(iii) Dr Lowenstein could choose to withdraw and notify the local authority that he no longer wishes to be registered, in which case Dr & Mrs Lowenstein could continue to care for young people as a private foster home only. This would mean keeping the number of young people to three or under."

The Appellants were given until 8 April 1996 in which to respond. They initially chose the second option. Mr Small ceased to be employed in the classroom and moved to working in the office. He still inevitably had some contact with children. On 24 May 1996, his resignation was accepted.

Zoompad said...

The Respondents argue that Dr Lowenstein was reckless in employing Mr Small in the light of Mr Jackson's reference. Dr Lowenstein defended his decision on 15 grounds.
1. The favourable reference from Mr Cockett.

2. The good impression he made on children and staff while under assessment.

3. His 15 years experience dealing with youngsters with, as he viewed it, little support.

4. A psychological test showing tolerance, honesty and psychological stability.

5. The lack of initial further information.

6. The views expressed by staff, especially Mrs Williams, about his suitability.

7. The plan to have him working from 9am to 3pm in a classroom and always under scrutiny (not because Dr Lowenstein regarded it as imperative but to protect Mr Small)

8. The results of the criminal record check

9. His explanation of his dismissal in the absence of reasons from Hampshire County Council.

10. The view of the boy with whom he was to work that he could be helpful.

11. The view of the boy's family (who were made aware of the dismissal) and a belief that the boy would report any untoward behaviour.

12. Dr Lowenstein's own clinical experience of 30 years which led him to find Mr Small to be a reliable, conscientious and non-child-abusing individual.

13. Mr Small would only be working after intensive preparation by Dr Lowenstein and his staff and should be under constant supervision during his training period.

14. The small size of the centre and the constant scrutiny of staff.

15. The particular psychological needs of the boy concerned. which matched Mr Small's capacity for tolerance and understanding, his care skills and his other personal attributes.

Essentially, Dr Lowenstein made his own judgement on the material before him and found in Mr Small's favour. The Respondents submit that it was not a finding he could properly make.

Mr Small gave evidence to us, explaining what he had told Dr Lowenstein. We do not consider that it was a particularly accurate statement of precisely what he told Dr Lowenstein but it doubtless gives a flavour of the information Dr Lowenstein had. We did not find Mr Small to be a convincing witness. His account was wholly self- exculpatory, giving no substantial indication of Hampshire County Council's case against him. He accepted that his name was placed on the temporary Department of Health list on 13 February 1996, after his application to an industrial tribunal had been dismissed. He was given the opportunity to make representations and then his name was placed on the permanent list in May. He said that he could not remember whether he had told Dr Lowenstein because he "did not regard it as being terribly relevant". Dr Lowenstein would have disagreed because he said clearly that he would not employ someone whose name was on the list.

Anonymous said...

i have read through this and need to take time to digest it, it seems that it is merely his policies which have been investigated rather than his 'correctional techniques', are there other 'students' in touch ? I was referred to him via a psychologist from abroad in late 80's