140 complainants have contacted Operation Pallial with allegations relating to their time in ‘care’ at eighteen North Wales care homes.
125 male complainants and 15 complainants alleged they suffered abuse, with victims aged between 7 years to 19 years old.
76 complainants have provided new allegations to the police. The dates of alleged abuse goes as far back as 1963, stretching to 1992.
Todays report that was made public seconds ago, says “There was a clear element of grooming with a serious abuse of trust and dereliction of duty of care”
“The offences range from verbal and physical assaults and abuse through to indecent assaults and buggery”
84 people have been named by complainants, 75 men and 9 women.
There are 16 people who have been named by more than one complainant, of these 10 are believed to be dead.
North Wales Chief Constable Mark Polin had a message for offenders saying “Offenders quite rightly should have to look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives.”
“If you believe the passage of time will reduce the resolve of Operation Pallial or any police force to identify people who are still alive and to bring them to justice, you are sorely mistaken.”
Operation Pallial has already been subject to an independent review to ensure that it is focussed and operating within national best practice. The review found it to be ‘well managed’ and ‘on target to reach its objectives’.
Police say there are currently 31 people employed full time on Operation Pallial, with other individuals providing advice or services as necessary. The cost for phase one of Operation Pallial, which is being met by the Home Office, is estimated at £573,058.
The report as published today can be found here as a PDF file: click here.
Useful Contacts For Members Of The Public:
Operation Pallial Investigation Team
Incident Room: 0800 118 1199
Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre http://www.ceop.police.uk/contact-us/
Children’s Commissioner for Wales http://www.childcomwales.org.uk/en/advicesupport/
Freephone: 0808 801 1000 (9am-5pm Mon-Friday except Bank Holidays)
Text: 80800 starting the message with COM.
Victim Support http://www.victimsupport.org.uk