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GWYNEDD AND CLWYD SUCCESSORS POINT TO RECENT PROGRESS

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The six successor councils to Clwyd and Gwynedd CCs said they felt 'outrage toward those who have caused this suffe...
The six successor councils to Clwyd and Gwynedd CCs said they felt 'outrage toward those who have caused this suffering and who have brought shame on the social services profession'.

Responding to the Waterhouse report, councillors and officials from Conwy CBC, Gwynedd Council, Isle of Anglesey CC, Denbighshire CC, Flintshire CC and Wrexham CBC extended their deepest sympathy to the victims and their families.

Flintshire leader Alex Aldridge said: 'The successors to Clwyd and Gwynedd called for and have always welcomed the tribunal of inquiry so that the widespread concerns about events in the 1970s and 1980s would be addressed and public confidence could be restored.'

Flintshire acknowledged that even up to 1996 there were still problems in the childcare system: 'With hindsight, you can see now that some of the procedures and practices in children's services were less then satisfactory, though the standard of social work in general was effective.'

Isle of Anglesey said: 'It must be stressed that much has happened since the time of the events highlighted in the report, concentrating as it does on events a whole generation ago.'

It said that in 1997 all the children contacted during an inspection of its fostering services in Anglesey felt cared for and safe.

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