I was pondering recent information regarding settlement offers to abused children with regards the School and obviously in light of recent news about Jimmy Sa-vile. The strange thing is, I guess, is that someone somewhere must put a value on these things and how such an awful job that must be.
I mean, what would it say about what is acceptable? If the amount is very low, what does it say about the moral values of the people making those decisions?
I can’t tell people what to think, it is indeed a fact that we all have varying moral compasses, but what is the value when a child is brain washed, tortured, beaten in an excessive terrifyingly degrading way, the cold fear that runs permanently through their entire body and soul – or worse, direct sexual abuse. Then there is how this affects their entire life, how they interact, how they trust or deal with any kind of authority that they equate to the abuse and suffering they endured as a child…
This is scary stuff and while it’s easy to go to an adult and say “hey, what do you want to go away?”, which is basically what a settlement is in the eyes of those who have to pay it. But then, what if it was your child, how would you place a value on it?
In the case of the School it is seen as a simple insurance claim; however it’s a little more complicated than that. It transpires that the original insurance company was bought by a company called Pro Insurance Solutions (owned by TAWA Plc) and in turn they can’t find paperwork pre 1980-ish. So what they’ve decided to do is honour all claims after 1980-ish themselves and where an individual’s time at the school spans both sides of that period, then Anglemoss (the company that owns Finborough School) should pay a greater or lesser percentage of the agreed amount.
But never mind all that stuff for a minute; the point here is how the responsibility or moral judgement is transferred from the people whose actual responsibility it is – i.e. Anglemoss and the Finborough School.
So it goes from the School to the insurance company, in turn the insurance company doesn’t want the responsibility of making the judgement on the values – so they employ a law firm to make these for them. In this case it’s a firm called Weightmans LLP and moreover a lady called Sally Spriggs.
If you’re up to speed so far – this means the responsibility has shifted to a third entity and one whom has another mandate; to minimise the overall exposure and value of the claims…
And this is where the story darkens…
In the legal world this is an old game, firstly you must not do anything that is demanded, then make the suckers wait and wait until they start to lose hope, then hit them with a far lesser amount and hope they’ll take it and go away give or take a little long term haggling (even if it takes in excess of the two years it’s already taken).
However, what if your claimants are a blood thirsty bunch who want their day in court? Well at this point the game fails somewhat as ultimately this “exposes” the client and can do untold damage to business, reputations and years of hard work.
So while I was pondering all this, I canvassed a few people about offers and I don’t know about you or your own values, but when I heard the lowest offer was in the mid £10ks and the highest I heard was the upper £20k area and of that Anglemoss would not really exceed paying out more than £15k out its own pocket – I was dumbstruck.
But it left me wondering about the people whom decided the value of the things I said earlier, it made me question if they had their own children and if so – is that how they value them? But it also begs the question that if they are parents and that is what they believe the value to be worth – are they suitable to even be responsible for the care and wellbeing of a child.
I have worried over these things and asked questions as though from all sides; business, parent, and of course – victim. And I really can’t fathom the amounts I’ve heard about. So to you dearest reader, child, parent or pupil; how would you work it out and what should it be worth?
Do these amounts signify that these people would accept this cash from a paedophile to do as they like to their own children?
Well, Finborough annual fees are around £30,000.00… and for kids who spent 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or more years in brutal paedophile hell my simply questions are:-
What is YOUR Child Worth??
What is Finborough School’s true value of a child in their care?
What do Weightmans LLP (under the employ of Pro Insurance Solutions – aka TAWA Plc) think to, and value children being raped and/or beaten by paedophiles?
Because personally – this just leaves me feeling cold and very, well, it’s not for me to say…