The Waterhouse report 2000 "Lost in Care"
Summary of content and the Governments response
The Waterhouse Report and recommendations "Lost in care" was the result of the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal of enquiry" This report looked into abuse within children's homes in North Wales between 1974 and 1976 The enquiry was conducted by Sir Ronald Waterhouse. The reports of abuse were made by children living in the Children's homes of North Wales. One of the Managers Named Alison heard the reports from the children themselves. The reports were taken to her superiors who did nothing about it. Further to that Alison took her reports to the police, the social services denied any further investigations. The council denied to publish these reports because if the stories were found to be true then the council's insurance would become void. However the committee did refer the report to the Secretary State for Wales in considering whether a public enquiry should be insisted. The report wasn't read by either the committee or the council. In March 1996 just over 20 years after some of the reports of alleged child abuse had happened , Sir Ronald Water House chaired the biggest child abuse enquiry in British history . Most of the claims were of physical and emotional abuse, pedophilia , child slavery and beating the children. The enquiry team stated that the standard of care and the levels of education were below acceptable levels in the homes investigated. Previous staff had already had previous criminal records that had not been investigated. In 1993, three years before the investigation North Wales police had recommended that 20 suspects should be prosecuted of who 19 were alleged abusers but for the next two years only criminal proceedings were taken against only 8 individuals of whom six were convicted.
The health minister at the time said "He was sad that the very system that was put in place to safeguard children had failed so abysmally" Some of the children abused committed suicide when the allegations came to light. Around 650 children were found to have been abused, 12 committed suicide. 25 childcare workers have received prison sentences. The role of the local Authority had failed , police and health agencies are also critical in this work. The commitment of the government is to ensure that these events do not happen again. The Waterhouse report made 72 recommendations for the care of children in the public sector which are now at this present time all in place and essential to the safeguarding of children.. The conservative government's response was to admit that the Children's Act of 1989 was not enough and the focus on the rights of children had died down by the mid-1990's. The government's response was to further investigate reports of abuse, set up a new judicial system in 1996 and to set u a review of the safeguards for children. Further procedures and investigations and legislations were put in place to protect children from abuse. The main parliamentary debated in March 2000 how striking it was that no one raised concerns about false allegations being made and that the "Most common concern is that the abuse uncovered represents the tip of the iceberg" The government's response was to suggest that The homes affairs select committee's investigation and legal proceedings didn't address the critical issues that needed to be adhered to and rejected most of their recommendations. On November 6th 2012 An independent review is now underway The prime minister David Cameron to investigate whether the Water House enquiry into child abuse did its job.
The impact that poor practice and abuse had on the young people We can see from the report that young people involved were robbed of their human rights and of leading as much of a normal life as possible because of the major lack of Necessary rules and regulations that have now been put in place by care homes. The children involved will have...
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