Wednesday, September 14, 2011

#Waterhouse #Masonic child abuse. (2000)

The government is expected to accept all of the recommendations made in the damning Waterhouse report into the sexual abuse of hundreds of children over two decades in North Wales children's homes.
 
The report published in February said that systematic abuse, a climate of violence and a culture of secrecy existed in dozens of children's homes.
 
After a three-year, £13m investigation, Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC made 72 recommendations, calling for sweeping changes to the way local councils, social services and police deal with children in care.
 
He recommended the appointment of an independent children's commissioner for Wales, whistleblowing procedures to allow staff to raise concerns and a children's complaints officer to be appointed in every local authority to deal with allegations of abuse.
 
While ministers are set to accept all of the recommendations when the government formally responds to the report, many of the suggestions will be put out to consultation before any changes are made.
 
Victims of the scandal reacted with anger to the government's response to recommendations made in the damning Waterhouse report.
 
They accused ministers of "completely ignoring" them and demanded a national inquiry into child abuse.
 
Steve Messham, spokesman for North Wales Abuse Survivors, said: "The recommendations do not go far enough and do not apply to the whole of the country.
 
"We want a national inquiry into child abuse, not just one for North Wales.
 
"But most importantly, the victims are completely ignored. There is no mention of compensation, counselling or help and support for victims, and the government has failed to pick up on that."
 
The report exposed one of the worst child abuse scandals in history.
 
Hundreds of children had been physically, sexually or emotionally abused in care homes in North Wales between 1974 and 1990.
 
The inquiry heard from 240 people abused as children in 40 homes but there are thought to be hundreds more victims.
 
At least 12 victims have committed suicide, one has been convicted for murder and hundreds of others say their lives have been destroyed by the abuse they endured.
 
The report also mentioned 200 people who were abusers, alleged abusers or had failed to protect children in the homes, although not all of them have been named.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2000/jun/29/3