November 2003

Care worker assaulted two boys

A 66-year-old man has admitted assaulting two boys in his care at Staffordshire children’s homes.

David Michael Kendrick, from Lichfield, pleaded guilty at Staffordshire Crown Court on Wednesday to causing actual bodily harm to two children during the 1980s.

The assaults happened when Kendrick was working as a residential child care officer in Stafford and at the former Riverside Children’s Home in Rocester, near Uttoxeter.

His offences came to light during an investigation into several allegations of abuse at children’s homes in the county, some of them stretching back decades.

Kendrick’s is the seventh conviction that has come about since the inquiry into claims of physical and sexual abuse began.