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ADSS CONCERN AS 80 SUMMONSED TO NORTH WALES TRIBUNAL

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The North Wales children's homes tribunal starts this week and more than 80 alleged abusers have been summonsed to ...
The North Wales children's homes tribunal starts this week and more than 80 alleged abusers have been summonsed to appear at it, reported the Guardian (January 18, p6).

Bob Lewis, president of the Association of Directors of Social Services said, amid concerns that innocent former care workers may be caught up in the inquiry:

'We have to be careful not to use 1990s standards in gauging what went on in the 1970s.'

He added that while not wishing to trivialise the allegations - some were clearly very serious - they had to be seen in the context of the norms prevailing in the 1970s and 1980s.

'During the earlier period covered by the inquiry for example, corporal punishment was the norm in some of the residential units that this inquiry revolves around.'

The ADSS is worried, said the paper, that allegations of past abuse will coincide with a government white paper on social services, expected to propose taking residential homes out of the hands of local authorities.

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