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Old 15-06-2013, 01:44 PM   #21
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DISCO - found this timeline re WALES- maybe could also be helpful?

Sorry to add to burden of data!!!

Spanning the decades: The timeline

1980s: Deputy head of Gwynedd County Council's children's assessment centre Alison Taylor became concerned at abuse she had witnessed or heard reported and began documenting the allegations.

1986: Taylor reported her concerns to North Wales Police.

1987: Taylor was suspended by the Gwynedd local authority, which offered her a financial termination agreement on condition that she sign a confidentiality agreement. She refused.

1989: Taylor reached an out-of-court settlement with her employer and went to the press with a number of serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse in a number of north Wales care homes spanning two decades involving multiple victims and perpetrators.

1990: North Wales Police undertook an investigation into allegations at the Cartrefle home in Clwyd.

The head of the home, Stephen Norris, 63, pleaded guilty to sexual offences against boys in his care and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

1991: Taylor submitted a dossier of allegations from over 100 young people to North Wales Police, the local authority and Welsh Office. Twenty-five people were arrested but released without charge.

1993: On the basis of Taylor's dossier, police obtained 2,600 witness statements and 300 cases were subsequently sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. Seven people were prosecuted.

1994: The deputy head of Bryn Estyn care home in Wrexham, Peter Howarth, was jailed for 10 years for abusing boys in his care.

Clwyd County Council, which owned the Bryn Estyn home, commissioned an inquiry by John Jillings, former director of social services with Derbyshire County Council.

The newly appointed North Wales Police chief constable refused to meet or help with access to police major-incident database.

The report stated that Muncipal Mutual, which insured the council, had suggested that Malcolm King, then chairman of social services committee, be sacked if he spoke out.

Clwyd Council suppressed the report due to a fear of libel actions from those named.

Jillings stated that allegations involving famous names and paedophile rings were beyond its remit and best addressed at a public inquiry.

1995: The head of Bryn Estyn, John Allen, was convicted of multiple offences against boys in his care and sentenced to six years' imprisonment.

1996: Then secretary of state for Wales William Hague ordered a tribunal of inquiry into allegations of child abuse at care homes in Clwyd and Gwynedd between 1974 and 1990.

It sat for 203 days under Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC and heard from 250 witnesses, 200 additional statements, and in total heard from 650 people.

The final report contained 700 allegations of abuse involving 170 individuals. More than 80 people were named as perpetrators.

The findings were published in February 2000 as Lost In Care: The Waterhouse Report, which concluded that "widespread sexual abuse of boys occurred in children's residential establishments in Clwyd between 1974 and 1990."

The Waterhouse report cost an estimated £13 million.

David Cameron was a member of the home affairs select committee which considered the findings of Waterhouse.

2003: Following the coroner's report into the death of former Bryn Estyn clients, police launched a new investigation in which John Allen was cleared of a further 36 offences when a judge ruled that he would not receive a fair trial under EU human rights legislation.

2012: Cameron announces that Mrs Justice Macur would consider how the Waterhouse inquiry dealt with the original allegations, its conduct and remit, and establish any new allegations.

This was a new police investigation, independent of the North Wales Police force, under Operation Pallial.

Ann Clwyd MP called for the archive copy of the Jillings report to be published and said she had read the report in 1994.

2013: Fighting Back, the first phase report from Operation Pallial was released. It was claimed that significant new findings had emerged but denied that there was evidence of a paedophile ring operating from north Wales care homes.

The investigation is now moving to phase two where named offenders will be interviewed and brought to justice.

Pallial said that the "key to the prioritisation process for sequencing future action will be an assessment of the level of risk to the public."
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