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Copies of previously unpublished North Wales child abuse report discovered

Several copies of the previously unpublished report into abuse at North Wales care homes have been found in local authority archives.

The Jillings report was commissioned by Clwyd County Council in 1994, but was never made public because the council feared legal action.

Over recent days the story has been in the headlines, with allegations that the Waterhouse Inquiry into the abuse scandal, published in 2000, did not go far enough.

North Wales local authorities are taking collective and independent legal advice on whether the report can or should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information legislation, whether in full or in part. The National Crime Agency is being consulted, as any public disclosure cannot compromise or prejudice the new investigation. We hold the position that the legislation should be complied with both in its requirements and in its spirit in determining whether disclosure can be made.

– Colin Everett and Gareth Owens, Flintshire County Council

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