Black boy, 8, forced to clean younger sister who soiled herself at after school club

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An eight-year-old black boy from Greenleaf After School Club in Walthamstow, east London, was made to clean his five-year-old sister after she soiled herself despite toilets being nearby

A mother has hit out after her black eight-year-old son was forced to clean his five-year-old sister
A mother has hit out after her black eight-year-old son was forced to clean his five-year-old sister (stock image)

A mother has hit out after her black eight-year-old son was forced to clean his five-year-old sister after she soiled herself at an after school club.

A BBC investigation has revealed that the boy, who attended Greenleaf After School Club in Walthamstow, east London, told his mum he was made to clean excrement off his sister’s leg in front of other pupils, despite toilets being nearby.

A staff member reportedly said: “I am not cleaning her, she is your sister, you clean her,” according to the mother.

Their mother said the incident was “humiliating” and racist – saying that it was an example of “adultification” whereby black children are perceived to be older than they are.

She said: “I don’t allow my child to see his sister’s genitals, how on earth do they think that is acceptable? They would never possibly ask a white child to do that.”







There have been 84 safeguarding referrals made about incidents at after-school clubs in the past five years in England and Wales (stock image)
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The five-year-old girl, who has special educational needs, was reportedly left without knickers or tights on when she was picked up in freezing temperature in November 2020.

The mum added that this was not the first time her son had been asked to so something similar for his sister.

The consultant told the mother the incident was “unacceptable” and concluded that the care received by the two children “fell far below” expectations.

Greenleaf Primary School told MyLondon: “Following a serious incident at the afterschool provision in November 2020 an immediate safeguarding referral was made to the local authority and two members of staff were removed from dealing with the affected children.

“A second independent investigation was also commissioned.

“Following these staff underwent immediate enhanced training and recording procedures have been improved to include more parental input.

“Leadership at the after-school club has been strengthened and an extra member of staff introduced to help run the sessions.

“We have unreservedly apologized to the parents of the children involved and more widely to all users of the Greenleaf After School Club.

“This incident should not have happened, and we are determined to learn the lessons as we continue to provide our young people with the best start in life.







The five-year-old girl, who has special educational needs, was reportedly left without knickers or tights (stock image)
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“Greenleaf Primary is a school that prides itself on treating children from all backgrounds equally. We want to reassure our families that the well-being and safety of all children is our utmost priority.”

The case comes as part of a wider investigation into a string of allegations of safeguarding failures in after-school clubs – including assaults, neglect and sexual abuse.

BBC News reported that 84 safeguarding referrals have been made about incidents at after-school clubs in the past five years in England and Wales from freedom of information requests to local authorities.

After-school clubs do not need to be registered with Ofsted unless they offer childcare for more than two hours and many are not regulated or inspected for many years.

“After-school clubs are blind spots that need to be addressed,” the mum of the siblings said.

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