The former Bryn Estyn Childrens Care Home, Wrexham
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Politicians 'not named in abuse inquiry'

Correction 10 November 2012: The BBC has apologised unreservedly for broadcasting a report on Newsnight on 2 November over allegations of child abuse which transpired to have involved a case of mistaken identity. As a result the video of the original report has been removed from the website. More details can be found here

The man who led the first inquiry into child abuse in care homes in north Wales has told the BBC none of the victims he interviewed named politicians as abusers. John Jillings carried out the investigation in the mid 1990s but his report was withdrawn just weeks before it was going to be published.

The BBC's Sima Kotecha spoke to Mr Jillings about the review.

Jane Tunstill, who worked with Mr Jillings on this report, told Sima Kotecha that she also does not recall any of the victims talking about politicians. John Jillings also said that some of victims may deliberately not have mentioned well known people when being questioned because they were frightened of the repercussions.

The BBC has also been in touch with Municipal Mutual Insurance, the insurer of Clwyd County Council at the time the report was written.

They say: "Based upon legal advice it was considered that the report prepared by Mr Jillings was not suitable for publication. The Tribunal commented in its Report entitled Lost in Care, that it was almost inevitable that there would be allegations of a 'cover up' by Clwyd. However, the Tribunal accepted these allegations were unjustified."

  • 07 Nov 2012
  • From the section UK
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