Cllr Neil Rogers, Leader of Wrexham Council read the below statement to the Excutive Board meeting today , regarding the child abuse that took place in North Wales during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
This follows last nights revelation that a report into abuse allegations – previously thought to be ‘pulped’ and fully destroyed – had been found in a ‘council archive’ – report here. The statement below reveals that Wrexham Council have a copy of this report.
The statement read out is as follows:
“Wrexham County Borough Council was concerned to learn of the recent statements being made by victims of child abuse during the 1970s and 80s in the North Wales area. The claims from these victims that their cases may not have been fully investigated in the series of investigations, reports and inquiries which were held during the 1990s is obviously worrying.
The Council fully supports the calls by victims for any unresolved cases to be fully and independently investigated and as one of the six successor authorities to the former Gwynedd and Clwyd County Councils, Wrexham County Borough Council will cooperate fully with any new police inquiries and the investigation into the scope of the Waterhouse inquiry by Mrs Justice Julia Wendy Macur announced by the Prime Minister, the right honourable David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May.
Wrexham Council will continue to work with partners to ensure that any help and support we can provide to bring these matters to a satisfactory conclusion is put at the disposal of the relevant inquiry inspectors.
Members may also be aware of the press release issued yesterday by the Chief Executive of Flintshire County Council. This press release related to a report of an internal investigation commissioned in 1994 by the then Clwyd County Council from a John Jillings, a retired Social Services Director, The inquiry was set up to investigate and report back to Clwyd County Council on what had gone wrong in relation to Child Care in the County during the 1970s and 80s.
It has been established that copies of the investigation report still exist, one of which is in this Council’s possession, and on behalf of the current North Wales authorities, the Head of Legal and Democratic Services in Flintshire County Council is seeking specialist legal advice on whether the content of the report can or should be disclosed under Freedom of Information and if so to what extent.
We will seek to provide any necessary support and advice to possible victims and their families during this difficult time including contact information to other support agencies specialising in the provision of support in such cases.”
Wrexham.com have this afternoon submitted a Freedom Of Information Request for a full copy of the Jillings Report as held by Wrexham Council, alongside other relevant FOI’s.