A decision to withhold details from a damning report on alleged widespread abuse in children’s homes has been strongly criticised by victims, lawyers and child protection experts.
The Jillings report into physical and sexual abuse of boys and girls in north Wales in the 1970s and 80s was finally published on Monday almost 20 years after it was suppressed on advice from lawyers.
But many passages in the 300-page document have been redacted, leading to suspicions that some of those involved in abuse or the flawed investigations into it are still being afforded protection they should not have.
One former victim said it was a scandal that so much of the document was still being censored. “This report was all about getting to the truth, hearing the voices of those who were abused,” he said. “And still we’re not allowed to hear the whole truth all these years later.”
A legal expert in abuse in residential care, Alison Millar from the law firm Leigh Day, said: “We are in an Alice in Wonderland situation. The report is effectively gutted so that important sections dealing with the very issue of what the panel found did go wrong are excluded.”…..
…. The six councils that replaced Clwyd claimed that the report can not be published in its entirety because it contains personal data and material that is considered defamatory.”
See also House of Commons debate on Jilling’s Report 17th Jun 1996