The Independent reports that the Jillings Report into child abuse at North Wales Homes has finally been published, 17 years after it was written. The 300 page report was made available following Freedom of Information requests by the newspaper and others.
The report was commissioned in 1994 by the former Clwyd County Council, which covered areas now represented by Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham councils. It was followed later by the Waterhouse Inquiry which concluded that there had been “appalling mistreatment” of children over a period of 20 years.
According to the Independent, the report by John Jillings had found ‘“appalling” and “extensive” history of child abuse” several years before Sir Ronald Waterhouse’s inquiry was published. ‘But its conclusions were suppressed after fears by insurers that it could be open the floodgates to compensation and libel claims.’
The Home Secretary recently ordered a new police inquiry into the allegations of abuse at North Wales Homes. It is only to be hoped that those who have evaded justice so far, will now be prosecuted.