The Waterhouse Inquiry: the original investgation into Welsh child abuse
PUBLISHED November 6, 2012
The Waterhouse Inquiry was ordered by William Hague, then Welsh secretary in 1996.
He called for the judicial inquiry in response to endemic abuse in children's care homes in North Wales, throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr Hague described the abuse as one of the "saddest chapters" in the history of social care.
The inquiry was led by former High Court judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse who died in May last year
It focused on the former county council areas of Clwyd and Gwynedd and followed widespread anger over the failure of Clwyd councillors to publish the report of a smaller inquiry into abuse, fearing compensation claims.