Public Inquiries into Child Abuse 1945 – 1999

My post of April 2014 [2] on Child Protection Inquiries which were similar to, or would presently be called, Serious Case Reviews, was an attempt to give some sort of overview of the Inquiries and Reviews that had occurred, and whether they were publically digitally available.

That list of approximately 50 was kindly provided by ex Child Protection Director Colin Smart. I have not kept the list of those which are available up to date as much as should have been the case, nor have I done as many Freedom of Information requests as I intended to. This was because the post was a departure from the purely child sexual abuse posts and reports I had previously done and which I concentrate on.

It has however, been relatively popular and fulfilled a need. This is shown not only by the number of views, but also by the fact that a couple of people have contacted me asking for more details, if I had them, of more inquiries and reviews.

It is clear, as is demonstrated time after time, that unless information is freely available to all digitally, then barriers are put up to the ability of people to use that information most efficiently. This is the case whether the Reports, paid for already with public money, are totally unavailable to the public, or in Local Authority archives, Police authority files, Inspection Authority reports,  through to Reports available only by visiting a place,  to published books, which are not available digitally, to information available only to academia in Scientific Journals or on University and academic networks and I am sure there are other examples.

If this country is serious about understanding and reducing child abuse, or even claiming to be, then a schedule should be developed immediately by the Overarching Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry, central and local Government, and all authorities that hold information including the Police and Universities to publish that information as soon as possible, and reduce barriers to access to child abuse information.  One example of good practice is the repository at Huddersfield University [4].

However until then, if people want access to these reports, I would suggest using the site What Do They Know [3], to ask for the Reports or Reviews under the Freedom of Information Acts, which will be of benefit not only to yourself, but the wider public and the progressing in the reduction of child abuse.  For advice check the Information Commissioners Office [6]  and the FOI Acts [5].

If you need advice to obtain the information the authorities are under a duty to provide advice and assistance to obtain the information you require [5] . In England and Wales just state “please could you provide me advice under Section 16 of the FOI Act 1999 on what is the best way to get the information …..” If any further advice is needed or when successful, contact me on and I will attempt to keep the list up to date, in lieu of anyone else doing so, the latter being preferable!

To help those who wish a list of inquiries reviews I have scanned Appendix 1 from the book Public Inquiries into Abuse of Children in Residential care by Brian Corby, Alan Doig and Vicki Roberts [1], which contains a more comprehensive list of 81 of those “Public Inquiries” from 1945-1999. However some of those on the list on the other post [2] may not be included here as the victims would not be in residential care.

Please also check category Cathyfox Category Serious Case Review [7] for related information.

Public Inquiries into Child Abuse 1945-1999

It should be noted that the publishers say they were not provided with a key to the symbols on the Table.

Page 199 1-8  CorbyDoigScan1

Page 200 9-19


Page 201 20-29


Page 202 30-40 CorbyDoigScan4

Page 203 41-49CorbyDoigScan5

Page 204 50-58CorbyDoigScan6

Page 205 59-66CorbyDoigScan7

Page 206 67-73 CorbyDoigScan8

Page 207 74-79CorbyDoigScan9

Page 208 80-81CorbyDoigScan10

I am sorry this is not in a format that is not digitally searchable and more easily available reproducible, but if anyone has a more sophisticated scanner to change it into searchable or type it out, then I would be grateful.

On a slightly different track but a recent article on “How officials invent ‘tortuous’ excuses to block child abuse inquiries ” [8]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.  National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.


[1] 2001 Public Inquiries into Abuse of Children Brian Corby, Alan Doig and Vicki Roberts ISBN 1 85302 895 9

[2] 2014 Apr 2 cathy Fox Child Protection Inquiries and Serious Case Reviews

[3] WhatDoTheyKnow Freedom of Information Site

[4] Huddersfield University Repository

[5] Freedom of Information Acts

[6] Information Commissioner Office Check also Information for organisations not just the public as the ICO gives them more information!!

[7] Cathyfox Category Serious Case Review

[8] 2015 Mar 3 Telegraph How officials invent ‘tortuous’ excuses to block child abuse inquiries

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused


[C] One in Four

[D] Havoca

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog

This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email

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