Hughes Report 1985 into Kincora Child Sexual Abuse

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) has released a unredacted copy of the 1985 Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Childrens Homes and Hostels by WH Hughes, WJ Patterson and H Whalley [1] and on wordpress [1a] in response to a Freedom of Information Request [2] on the Whatdotheyknow website. [3]

This is also known as the Hughes Report or the Report into Kincora (although there were several). It also includes inquiries into 9 other homes and concentrates on male homosexual abuse. The Inquiry was into Kincora Boys hostel 1960-1980; Valetta Park Hostel, Newtownards; Bawnmore Boys Home; Williamson House; Palmerston Reception and Assessment Centre; Nazareth Lodge Childrens Home; De La Salle Boys Home, Rubane House Kircubbin; Barnardos Sharonmore project; and Manor House Home.

I will try and make it clear in future when I post reports which places are involved and if anyone has any ideas to help reduce the triggering by how I post please say. The report appears unredacted but mentions any victim contributors as letters and numbers .

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this report. Support may be obtained from the NAPAC website. [4] The National Association for People Abused in Childhood has a freephone helpline and gives links to local support groups. Another good site is Havoca [5]

Links and References

[1] Kincora Hughes ReportWDTK

[1a] Kincora Hughes Report wordpress Hughes Report Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Children s Homes and Hostels the Hughes Inquiry 31 12 1985.PDF(1)

[2] FOI request

[3] whatdotheyknow freedom of information website

[4] NAPAC website


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10 Responses to Hughes Report 1985 into Kincora Child Sexual Abuse

  1. adeybob says:

    brilliant stuff…however appalling the content.
    Is there a military intelligence base at newtownards?

  2. adeybob says:

    Reblogged this on adeybob's Blog and commented:
    The ‘kincora’ report.
    Read it and effing-well GET ANGRY.

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  5. Robert Andrew strudwick says:

    Was this including Palmerston house in Romsey Hampshire? If so please contact me regarding abuse

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  7. Sylvia Clisdell says:

    I lived in Palmerston assessment centre for almost a year…happiest year of my life. Shame to hear that there was abuse going on.

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