Child abuse campaigner forced to quit university

    Darren Laverty, the child abuse campaigner who gave evidence to
    the Waterhouse tribunal, has had to give up his studies at the
    University of Wales, Bangor, because he does not have the money to
    continue.

    Despite having completed two years of his three-year course in
    criminology and being predicted to attain a 2:1 honours degree,
    Laverty, a father of two, who left care in North Wales at 16, said
    he had no option but to look for a job to support himself and his
    family.

    “I have tried every option available but it seems that the
    system has let me down yet again,” he said.

    “It is just not possible to exist on such a low income.”

    Laverty, now aged 34, failed to get compensation for the alleged
    physical abuse he suffered while in the Bryn Estyn children’s home,
    North Wales.

    At the North Wales child abuse tribunal, Sir Ronald Waterhouse
    described Laverty’s bid to gain a degree as “an astonishing
    recovery”.

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