Peter Righton – Further Material

With profound thanks to Tom Bateman, producer at the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, for providing me with a copy of this, I am reproducing a passage from the so-called ‘Barclay Report’: Social Workers : Their Role & Tasks : the report of a working party set up in October 1980 at the request of the Secretary of State for Social Services by the National Institute for Social Work ; under the chairmanship of Peter M. Barclay (London : Published for the National Institute by Bedford Square Press, 1981/1982 [printing]), to draw attention to the following passage from page ix:

‘We pay tribute to the work of our Secretary, Mr Bob King, of Mr Peter Righton, formerly Director of Education at the National Institute, who has shouldered a considerable drafting burden and of Miss Carol Whitwill, their personal secretary and helper.’

Peter Righton Social Work 2

Peter Righton Social Work

Here is PDF of an earlier article by Righton from 1972, entitled ‘Parental and Other Roles in Residential Care’, from The parental role : conference papers (London : National Children’s Bureau, 1972).

Peter Righton – Parental and Other Roles in Residential Care

And this article by Righton from two years later, ‘Child Care in Algeria’, International Social Work, Vol. 17, No. 4 (October 1974), pp. 51-53.

Peter Righton – Child Care in Algeria

Furthermore, I would like to draw people’s attention to this important article from 2013 by Keir Mudie for The People on Righton:

‘We Can Look after You. I Have a Friend Who Works in the GOVERNMENT; VIP PAEDOPHILE SCANDAL’

The People April 7th, 2013

By Keir Mudie

NOTORIOUS paedophile Peter Righton boasted of links to powerful figures in government, according to new testimony from one of his victims.

Speaking out for the first time, the man claims Righton’s evil network stretched to the top of the UK establishment.

As well as naming a senior UK politician, the victim also told us Righton – once the most respected childcare expert in Britain – brought him into contact with paedophile MP Cyril Smith.

He said: “People have talked about a paedophile ring working in the UK.

“This was not just a ring – it’s more like the Olympic rings, interlocking on a large scale. It went everywhere. I believe it went to the heart of the Establishment.

“It needs to be investigated properly.”

The new revelations back up MP Tom Watson’s claims in Parliament that Righton was linked to a VIP child abuse network that reached as far as 10 Downing Street.

The victim, now in his 40s, told how Righton and members of his infamous Paedophile Information Exchange groomed him and sexually abused him in London from the age of 11 in 1977 until he was 16.

He said Righton told him: “We can look after you and protect you. I have a friend who works in the government. He will be able to help.”

Righton named the man, whom we cannot identify for legal reasons, as a former senior government minister.

The victim, who fell into Righton’s clutches while at a school for troubled youngsters, also claims disgraced Liberal MP Cyril Smith had links to the network.

He told us: “There was one time I was out with Righton in one of the parks.

“He stopped the car and got out and went to speak to a guy, a big fat bloke.

“Righton kept pointing at me in the car and this fat man was looking over and smiling. It wasn’t until many years later I realised it was Cyril Smith.”

The victim has agreed for the Sunday People to pass his details to Scotland Yard’s Operation Fairbank, which is investigating allegations involving Righton, now dead.

In a linked probe, Operation Fernbridge is investigating the notorious Elm guest house, south-west London, where VIPs including Cyril Smith – who died in 2010 – allegedly abused boys from a care home. The property is now private flats.

There are extremely serious questions to be asked about how Peter Righton, who was openly listed in the pages of PIE publication Understanding Paedophilia as one of the ‘magnificent six’ people (together with Keith Hose, Warren Middleton, Tom O’Carroll, David C. Grove and Charles Napier) who made up the executive committee (see Vol. 1, No. 2, June-July 1976, here) – his position was listed as ‘Organiser of prison-hospital visits/general correspondence/PIE befriending’ – was able to obtain such a degree of influence within the social work profession and, if the article above is correct, how he might have been protected at the highest level. Many other articles on Righton (various of them linking to the Spotlight blog) can be found here.

6 Comments on “Peter Righton – Further Material”

  1. pippakin says:

    Reblogged this on Thinking Out Loud and commented:
    Historical cases are not forgotten demands for full, open investigations are increasing everywhere.

  2. Troyhand says:

    Click to access policyhistory_royalcommissiononhumanrelationships_volume4.pdf

    Final Report
    Volume 11

    CANBERRA 1977

    [Page 125]
    136. The second aspect arises where a prospective adoptive parent is in fact homosexual or bisexual. In this context we see no immediate reason why a married couple otherwise suitable as parents should be automatically excluded as adoptive parents because one is homosexual. The working party of the Standing Conference for the Advancement of Counselling (UK National Council of Social Service), which studied the personal needs of and public attitudes to homosexuals, said of some married bisexuals:
    Despite the conflicts and difficulties they experience, there is no convincing evidence that
    homosexuals and bisexuals make less effective parents than heterosexuals.[81]

    [81]. Peter Righton (ed.), Counselling homosexuals. a study of personal needs and public attitudes (Bedford Square Press of the National Council of Social Service, London, 1973), p. 11.

  3. Troyhand says:

    Click to access admin.pdf

    Journal of medical ethics, 1977, 3

    P 153-154

    News and notes

    Knighthood for the President
    It is with pleasure that we record that the Rt Hon Lord Amulree, MD FRCP FRCGP, President of the Society for the Study of Medical Ethics, was awarded the KBE in the Queen’s Jubilee
    Honours List for services to medicine and welfare.

    At a dinner on 29 June former student officers of the London Medical Group presented Lord
    Amulree with a bound volume of Annual Reports in recognition of his Chairmanship of the
    Governing Body since 1966.

    Recognition for the Director of Studies
    In recognition of his services to the London Medical Group, the Director of Studies, the Reverend Edward Frank Shotter, has been made Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral by the Bishop of London. and will be installed on 23 September.

    Prebendary Shotter has been appointed Honorary Chaplain to the Society of Apothecaries of London for the year 1977/78.

    Grants for the Edinburgh Medical Group
    The Leverhulme Trust Fund has awarded a grant of £35,000 over three years in continued support of research on the study and teaching of medical ethics. Grant holders, on behalf of the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Medical Group, are the Deans of the Faculties of Medicine and Divinity and the Director of the Nursing Studies Research Unit. A further grant, of £21,OOO over three years, has been awarded by the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust.

    ***Annual conference of the LMG: Human sexuality***

    ‘This year the LMG is 14 years old and it’s time we talked about sex’, said Dorian Haskard, a clinical medical student at the Middlesex Hospital and this year’s President of the London Medical Group, in opening the conference. ‘Before Freud, childhood was seen as a time of sexual innocence, a Garden of Eden…. Childhood has not looked the same since….’ observed Dr Malcolm Pines in his paper on ‘The sexual element in professional relationships’.

    These quotations, taken from the proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference of the LMG, aptly sum up the Victorian attitude that sex should not be mentioned in public and certainly ‘not in front of the children’. This view still prevails: the almost complete lack of discussion of topics related to sexual behaviour in the medical curriculum (leaving aside the short course on
    sexually transmitted diseases) is but one example; but attitudes are changing. The conference, held in the spring of this year at the Royal College of Surgeons, was entitled ‘Human sexuality’ and sought to examine past and present attitudes to human sexuality and their influence on members of the medical and other caring professions.

    Professor Robin Du Boulay, Professor of Medieval History at Bedford College, London, in the
    opening paper reviewed the institution of marriage throughout history. Although his session was
    entitled ‘From secrecy to openness’, Professor Du Boulay argued that the process was in fact going in the opposite direction: from the openness of the middle ages to the secrecy of the Victorian era which still largely remained. His cospeaker in the session, Dr Jack Dominian, discussed attitudes to prepubertal, premarital, marital and extramarital sexual activities and to
    sexual variants in the light of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

    Mr Partick Trevor Roper introduced the second session, ‘In the eye of the beholder’, by pointing
    out that man is a visual animal, so that the eye ‘in sexual terms is the seducer and the surrogate, but it is also the great emancipator’. The eye was given just this opportunity when Simon Wilson and Peter Webb, both art historians, illustrated their contributions. Simon Wilson spoke on ‘Celebrating the erotic’ and dealt mainly with the works of Stanley Spencer. Peter Webb compared pornography with erotic art and concluded that pornography could lead to
    exploitation, whereas erotic art ‘presented a celebration’.

    The third session, ‘Promiscuity: A cause for concern ?’, reached no such conclusion. ‘No, I don’t think promiscuity is a cause for concern’, said Dr Martin Cole, before proceeding to present his case. Valerie Riches, of the Responsible Society, disagreed and offered a carefully argued case for the opposition. The audience was left to continue its own discussions over lunch.

    The session on ‘The sexual element in professional relationships’, which brought together two
    eminent colleagues from the Maudsley Hospital, Dr Malcolm Pines and Professor Sir Denis Hill,
    ensured that the Conference was related to clinical experience. Dr Pines presented an in-depth psychoanalytical view of sexuality in the doctor/patient and doctor/nurse relationship, while Professor Sir Denis Hill discussed the role of the GMC in protecting the public and maintaining the good name of the medical profession. Sir Denis Hill emphasized the moral responsibility of doctors and of others in the health caring professions who did not have a council to watch over
    their professional standards of conduct.

    The conference concluded by discussing ‘The meaning of sex’. Not an easy topic since sex, as Mrs Claire Rayner pointed out, meant different things to different people at different times. As an ‘agony columnist’, Mrs Rayner received up to 40,000 letters per year, and many of these were concerned with sexual problems. The meaning of sex to the writers of those letters was the theme of her paper. ****Mr Peter Righton***, himself a homosexual, discussed the meaning of sex to the homosexual in general in a society which still largely refused to admit that such a group existed. He argued that homosexuals were no different from heterosexuals in many ways; they were happy in their choice of a sexual partner. He asked whether or not bisexuality was in fact the norm.**** Professor Enda McDonagh, a leading Roman Catholic moral theologian from Maynooth, Republic of Ireland, in the final contribution to the conference considered the celibate as a sexual being. He argued that sexuality was not simply limited to genital sexuality, but was a facet of our total moral attitude which centred around our reaction to people as individuals.

    As in previous years, the annual conference was oversubscribed; facilities limited the attendce to about 430. However, a comparison of the attendance figures for this conference on ‘Human sexuality’ with last year’s conference on ‘Death: The conspiracy of silence’ shows an interesting point. Of the 300 or so students attending last year’s conference 66 per cent were medical students, while 12 per cent were nursing students. (Student social workers, students of theology
    and other students accounted for the other places.) In this year’s conference on ‘Human sexuality’, the proportion of medical students rose to nearly 80 per cent of the student participants, whereas the proportion of nursing students dropped to only 2 per cent of the student participants, ie, 248 medical students and only eight student nurses. Of the 100 or so
    places reserved for professional participants, the proportion of doctors, clergy and social workers remained roughly the same for both conferences.

    By comparison with previous conferences, the fact that a far higher proportion of the applications
    from medical students were received by post, rather than by personal application, suggests that
    there still exists a certain reticence in discussing human sexuality, if not a conspiracy of silence, with the apparent exception of schools of nursing.

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  5. Excellent work, I will seek to ensure this is removed from my own social work college library if it still exists, and purge all related work with a vengeance.

  6. On reflection, this Woolf appointment after B-S now just stinks of a cover up of the whole fabric of this paedophile sexuality based society, which would come crashing down if the REAL perpetrators were outed, along with its sister the heterosexual family model. Watch this cover up evolve over the coming months. We have kids in Gtr Manchester and Leeds who are getting raped today and the police still wont investigate. Kincora in Belfast is currently being patched over by the NIO who ran that ring along with senior Orange Order men. The male police chiefs across UK have been central to this whole thing, the whole thing is indeed male, securocrat-power influcenced. M15 will be all over this already no doubt, they are central enough, but all the government paedophiles and senior judges – do we really believe a weak person like Woolf will face these strong men down??? Get real. She would end up like Diana who merely wanted to marry out of CoE. As it says correctly above, this ring is actually a loop of olympic rings, right through society, it is protected therefore by the establishment. As a radical feminist one supports a woman, but this is not a feminist appointment. This is a blatant attempt by the establishment to cover up its own centrality at the heart of PIE and the “paedophile conspiracy”.

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