Britain's Adoption Scandal - Breaking the Silence

On 9th November, 2016, ITV broadcast a documentary that scrutinised adoption practices during the three decades following the Second World War.

It was called Britain’s Adoption Scandal – Breaking the Silence and featured a number of women who bravely told their stories on camera. By talking about what happened to them, and their babies, they revealed the harsh treatment meted out to young, unmarried mothers in the not-so-distant past.  As you are probably aware, these cruel practices continued until the 1980s.  The documentary was made by Ronachan Films. The production took over year and involved painstaking research, during which the team located and interviewed many of those involved or affected by the practices of that time.

ITV's Tom Giles commissioned the project, after he read a letter in the Times from The Movement for an Adoption Apology (MAA).  The letter was signed by numerous high profile supporters, and Tom wanted to know more about this tragic part of our recent history.

A short clip of the documentary is available on the Ronachan website, and the full version was available for a short while on ITV catch up.

Following the broadcast, a legal team working on behalf of those affected contacted the Home Secretary and formally requested a public inquiry into the practices of that time. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about what is happening and would like to get involved in the process.

If you would like to write to your MP, urging them to support the call for a public enquiry, please visit the MAA website where you can download a pro-forma letter (word format).

Thank you.