FOR DECADES North Wales Police have been accused of covering up a child abuse scandal.
Critics say the force failed to investigate allegations that residents of care homes were being sexually abused in the 1970s and 1980s.
Britain’s only child abuse inquiry — the 1996 Waterhouse Tribunal — was set up to examine these claims.
The Tribunal gave the force a clean bill of health:
“ … there was no significant omission by the North Wales Police in investigating the complaints of abuse to children in care.”
Rebecca has long argued this conclusion is suspect.
The Tribunal did not consider the testimony of a witness who claimed he reported the most serious abuser in the scandal — John Allen — to police in 1980.
This was 15 years before Allen was gaoled.
In 2012 David Cameron ordered two new inquiries into the scandal.
One was a police investigation, Operation Pallial: the…
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A more flowing/readable account of Dr Morris Fraser’s career with interesting detail on his psychiatric practice with children in Northern Ireland and why the geographically fragmented approach of inquiries into non-recent CSA (Scotland, NI HIA and now E&W IICSA) will allow perhaps the most well-travelled and connected of perpetrators to slip through the gaps…
In January 1978 Tom O’Carroll had been dismissed by the Open University, in June the News of the World had infiltrated PIE’s AGM and in August the Protection of Children Act had entered into force.
On 12 September 1978 the NCCL Gay Rights Committee got together at the NCCL offices for their regular monthly meeting.
Letters to NUPE re free speech. Alan [Deighton] had discussed this with Patricia Hewitt. This was further discussed under item below.
Article for Rights! on chemical castration. This was temporarily suspended, due to discussions about rumoured new home Office policy. Nettie meeting with MIND on this on Bill Pate case. It was doubted that exact Home Office policy would be stated (prison secrets etc…)
Protection of Children Bill. Bill [Forrester] was in touch with Hattie [Harman] about how this was to be monitored. David Offenbach agreed to monitor prosecutions under the Act, and relay information to Hattie. Attempts to have PIE proscribed, and to prosecute its publications were discussed.
A memo on ‘Paedophilia’ from Patricia Hewitt was read out and noted (memo appended) [scroll down for the document and Nettie Pollard’s note to Antony Grey]
5. NUPE and Free Speech
In the light of the Memo on ‘Paedophilia’ it was agreed that Roland [Jeffrey] contact Patricia Hewitt and ask her to again approach NUPE for a more satisfactory response over their members apparent attempt to prevent a discussion of, inter alia, paedophilia. Roland to ask Patricia for progress report so far and to invite her to next GRC meeting.
11. Visit to Brynmor John
Roland report on joint NCCL/JCWI visit on non-national gay lovers. Pending the outcome of the appeals of the cases in question, John would consider using his ministerial discretion; no guidelines were given, though he indicated that ‘persecution’ in the country of origin of the non-national partner would impress him strongly as grounds for the exercise of discretion.
Patricia Hewitt’s Memo on Paedophilia to staff and members of the NCCL Gay Rights Sub-Committee during September 1978 attempted to re-focus the GCR’s almost exclusive scope on paeodophile civil liberties which left Nettie Pollard aghast. When forwarding the note to Antony Grey she prefers to construe Hewitt’s memo as a threat by NCCL to drop all issues relating to sexuality:
“Seriously Antony, this paper is really saying is that the powers in NCCL want NCCL to have nothing to do with the subject. For example, the thing to do with Tom O’C being thrown out of Swansea (you may remember seeing Patricia with Roland and me at the start of the year) – this has still got nowhere at all inspite of about six separate reminders from people on the Committee.If were (sic) are not viligant NCCL will quietly drop all issues to do with sexuality.Love Nettie”
Hewitt had not asked for all matters relating to paedophilia to be dropped. Cases where the ‘relationship’ involved a child of 14 or over (as submitted by NCCL to the Criminal Law Revision Committee), the NCCL Legal team or Gay Rights Committee may still appropriately become involved in.
“The EC [Executive Committee] agreed that paedophilia was not itself a civil liberties issue. In particular, it is not a gay rights issue and does not therefore fall within the scope of the gay rights committee.”
On 24th January 1980 news of abuse at Kincora broke in the Independent Irish Times https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/sex-racket-at-childrens-home-24-01-80/
and in Social Work Today, Brian Todd of the British Association of Social Workers’ Northern Irish division was horrified no reaction was forthcoming officially from BASW:
In April 1980 the NCCL Gay Rights Committee hosted Jeff Dudgeon of the Northern Irish Gay Rights Association (NIGRA) who reported that:
3. The Purge: Following a sex-in-a-boys’-home case the RUC is mounting a full-scale operation against gays who have no known connection with the case, or any activities which would be criminal in England and Wales. JD reports that NIGRA activists are busily burying papers in plastic bags. JD (Jeff Dudgeon) will keep BP (Barry Prothero) informed.
Cannot see how this case doesn’t have widespread ramifications for survivors of institutional abuse in England & Wales under the Human Rights Act but would like to see more discussion/analysis in UK legal commentary – doesn’t appear to have raised much comment/interest at all….why? Am I missing something here or is it being overlooked?
This guest post was written by Professor Ursula Kilkelly. Professor Kilkelly is Director of the Child Law Clinic at the Faculty of Law of University College Cork, Ireland (see more info below the post, at *).
On 28 January 2014, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment in the case of Louise O’Keeffe and Ireland. The judgment brought to a conclusion a 15 year-long legal battle whereby the applicant – who was abused by her teacher when attending primary school in Ireland – sought vindication of her rights against the state. It also resulted in a ground breaking judgment of the European Court which established beyond doubt that the state has a positive duty to take steps to protect children from abuse under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
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