St. Aidan's Widnes
St Aidan's was an approved school until around 1970 when it became a community home. It could take 111 boys and the entry age range was 13 to 17 years. It reduced to 60 boys by 1981 and closed in 1983. There were 4 Units which housed boys and education took place on the premises. It had one of the few secure units (called the ITU [intensive treatment unit]) in the North West. The abuse included alleged brutal caning. The convicted abusers were Terence Hoskin (headmaster) (8 years - 1996) & Colin Dick (housemaster) (4 years - 1995). Simpson Millar (formerly Abney Garsden McDonald) led a Group of Individuals all of whom allege abuse at the home from the 1960's until the 1980's. The Group Action lasted from 1996 until around 2010.
See also our Group Action page