27 Jul 2021

Shirley Oaks victim Alex Wheatle hopes ‘the country takes breath’ and learns from ‘devastating’ abuse

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

The award-winning author Alex Wheatle was placed in Shirley Oaks children’s home when he was just three years old. He was sexually, physically and racially abused there.

We talked to him about life at Shirley Oaks, and he told us about his distressing memories.