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Home Office gave go-ahead for secret drugging in schools.

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    Home Office doctors gave the go-ahead for experimental drug trials on children at two approved schools in the 1960s, National Archives files show.Parents were not consulted and the issue of consent was left to managers.
    At Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire, housing pupils aged 15 and older, the most disruptive boys were given an anticonvulsant drug to see if it would control behaviour.
    The trial of a sedative on girls at a school near Leeds did not proceed.
    The proposal had been to give all girls at Springhead Park Approved School in Rothwell, which cared for 14 and 15 year olds, Haloperidol, a powerful sedative now used largely as an anti-psychotic.


    Paragraph 12 (1) of Schedule 4 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 provided:-

    "Subject as hereinafter provided, all rights and powers exercisable by law by a parent shall as respects any person under the care of the managers of an approved school be vested in them"

    It is nice to know the Home Office got the law right all those years ago. Parents had no legal right either to give or refuse consent and the manager's consent was necessary.
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    Parents had no legal right either to give or refuse consent and the manager's consent was necessary.
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