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Blackburn House Approved School / Boys' Home, Blackburn, Lancashire

On 22 July 1968, an Approved School for Boys was certified to operate in premises at Blackburn House, Heys Lane, Blackburn, Lancashire.

In around 1873, Blackburn House was redesignated as Community Home with Education, run by Lancashire County Council.

Blackburn House closed in December 1982 and the site was successively occupied by the Ashleigh Centre, Bank Hey School, Fernhurst School and, at the time of writing, The Heights Free School.

In October 2000, Keith Kinder, formerly a house-parent at Bank House, part of Blackburn House, was charged with sexual abuse offences, said to have taken place between the mid to late 1970s.


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  • None identfied at present — any information welcome.


  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Hyland,Jim Yesterday's Answers: Yesterday's Answers: Development and Decline of Schools for Young Offenders (1993, Whiting and Birch)
  • Millham, S, Bullock, R, and Cherrett, P After Grace — Teeth: a comparative study of the residential experience of boys in Approved Schools (1975, Chaucer Publishing)
  • None identified at present.