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A report into child abuse that was suppressed for 17 years has finally been published following a Freedom of Information request.
John Jillings' inquiry was set up after seven former care workers in Wrexham had been convicted of physical and sexual abuse in the early 1990s.
His report found there had been 'extensive' abuse over a number of years, and called for a public inquiry to be held.
He also said the inquiry team had been hindered by the serious constaints surrounding the availability of material from within social services and the police.
Six councils succeeding the former Clwyd County Council say they recognise that the release of the Jillings Report 'may bring distress to those affected by historic abuse'.
A redacted version of the report has today been published after 17 years following a Freedom of Information request.
Allegations of abuse centring on North Wales children's homes first emerged in the early 1990s.
John Jillings, a former director of social services for Derbyshire, was appointed to lead a full investigation into the affair when the scope of the allegations became more widespread.
North Wales Police described the inquiry as its 'largest investigation into child abuse' and said it resulted in 3,755 witness statements being taken with at least 24 victims identified.
A report into claims of child abuse at children's homes across North Wales during the 1970s and 1980s has been published after 17 years.
The Jillings Report, which focused on allegations of abuse within the North Wales council care system, was compiled in 1996 but later shelved.
Today a redacted report published in the wake of fresh investigations said: 'Our investigations have led us to conclude that the abuse of children and young people in Clwyd residential units has been extensive, and has taken place over a substantial number of years.'