Camden Borough Council has refused to publish 1997 Barbara Kahan and Bodil Mylnarska Inquiry Report on Stockgrove Park School Child Abuse in response to a Freedom of Information request  .
After the FOI request went through an Internal Review on my request, and in her Internal Review reply  Camden Borough Councils Principle [sic] Lawyer Joann Reeves stated that Camdens Childrens Schools and Families department believed disclosure [of the report] would be likely to endanger the physical or mental health of people that attended the Stockgrove Park School during this period and those who might be subject of the report, although no actual evidence was given for this.
Joann was satisfied that there is evidence of a significant risk to the physical or mental health of an individual or individuals that amounts to endangerment and within this, being more than mere stress or worry.
She felt that even a redacted version could potentially identify individuals of interviewed staff or specific incidents; revealing personal and sensitive data. Especially as what she called a synopsis of the report is available in the public domain but is really an article about the report in Community Care 24th May 2000 by Natalie Valios, (the link of which appears not now to work 24 Jan 2014).
The public interest was outweighed by ..”On balance, it was considered that the significance of the potential harm that the individuals, now in their 30’s, could suffer from the disclosure of this report into the public domain weighted heavily in favour of withholding over all other considerations that could possibly be raised. We mentioned the possible contribution to learning as a factor which may weigh in favour of disclosure as it was felt that this was something to be considered.”
No consideration appears to be given to the healing that might take place for the victim in publishing the report.
There are various parts of this decision that do not quite add up but I will refrain from further comment until the decision has been studied further, to see if it is worthwhile pursuing.
A previous cathyfox blog post  covered the subject of this refusal without naming Camden, and asked for child abuse victims comments, all of which supported publication.
Possibly the most convincing way to get this released would be if victims of the Stockwell Park School Abuse were to confirm that they wished it to be released, overriding any assessment by the Camdens Borough Council Childrens Schools and Families department of their wish for it not to be released. However that is not an easy decision to make for those victims and it may be better to let this matter rest?
Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading reports or this blog. The Sanctuary for the Abused  has advice on how to prevent triggers. National Association for People Abused in Childhood  has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four  and Havoca 
The Article  about the Inquiry Report from Community Care 2000 is reproduced here
Community Care Wednesday 24 May 2000 by Natalie Valios.  (Update January 13 2014 the link to the article appears to no longer work but the content is reproduced below)
“The London Borough of Camden has been severely criticised for the way it dealt with allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at a residential special school for boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
An independent inquiry, led by child protection expert Barbara Kahan, found little evidence to support abuse claims, but said Camden’s handling of the issue at the time left senior staff feeling gagged.
Camden education department took over responsibility for Stockgrove Park in Buckinghamshire in 1990. Buckinghamshire social services department became responsible for child protection investigations in 1992, while Camden retained responsibility for the school. However, there was little contact between them about policies or procedures until May 1993, by which time the school was in ‘a state of crisis’, says the report.
Camden closed the school in 1994, and a year later commissioned the inquiry into claims by the head teacher that pupils had been emotionally and physically abused before his appointment in 1992.
It also considered anonymous allegations, made while the school was open, against the head teacher and his wife about ‘unacceptable practices’. The education department believed they were made by members of staff, and instructed them to stop criticising. The inquiry found no evidence against the head teacher or staff. But: ‘silencing staff creates a dangerous environment and a culture in which abuse of children can thrive,’ it said.
Another member of staff was accused of sexually abusing pupils. After a disciplinary hearing he was reinstated, but within two months he was suspended again. This time the police were involved and he was dismissed, although no charges were brought. Camden and the police force are re-interviewing former pupils in connection with that allegation.”
Another valuable source of documents on Camden child abuse
Links and References
 Previous blog post about refusal https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/refusal-of-abuse-inquiry-report-views-wanted/
 Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html
 NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/
 One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/
 Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm
 Spotlight on abuse http://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/category/camden/
cathyfox the truth WILL out