Peter Righton
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Paedophile advised on children's homes policy

A paedophile at the centre of the government's forthcoming historical abuse inquiry advised the Home Office over sweeping changes to the residential child care system.

According to a Home Office report seen by the BBC, Peter Righton gave "considerable assistance" to a government report which helped pave the way for major reforms to children's homes in the 1970s.

The Today programme's Tom Bateman examines how a serial abuser of children hid behind a respectable career as an academic, training social workers and child care staff.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 18 August.

  • 18 Aug 2014
  • From the section UK