Catalogue description Ministry of Health and successors: Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cleveland 1987: Report and Papers

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Title: Ministry of Health and successors: Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cleveland 1987: Report and Papers

This series contains records of the Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cleveland 1987.

The files comprise: transcripts of hearings; written evidence submitted by witnesses and interested parties; correspondence from members of the public; a few registered files in Department of Health NRE prefix series (liaison with Northern Health Region) and others with the non-departmental prefix CI (for Cleveland Inquiry); copies of local social services files on the children involved.

Date: 1975-1989
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cleveland, 1987-1988

Physical description: 299 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

In 2001 Department of Health

Custodial history: Transferred to the Department of Health in 1988
Accumulation dates: File series ran from 1987 to 1988
Selection and destruction information: Duplicate material, newspaper and magazine cuttings, etc, have been destroyed.
Accruals: Series is accruing.
Publication note:

The report of the inquiry (Cm 413) was published in June 1988.

Administrative / biographical background:

In July 1987, following an unprecedentedly high incidence of the diagnosis of sexual child abuse in the county of Cleveland during May and June of that year, the Secretary of State for Social Services ordered that a statutory inquiry should be set up under s84 of the National Health Service Act 1977 and s76 of the Child Care Act 1980. The terms of reference of the Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cleveland were to examine the arrangements for dealing with suspected cases of child abuse in Cleveland since 1 January 1987, including in particular cases of child sexual abuse, and to make recommendations.

The Inquiry consisted of a chairman, Mrs Justice Butler-Sloss, and three assessors. The Inquiry lasted 74 days, from mid-August 1987 until the end of January 1988, and, although most of its hearings were in public, there were hearings held in private where evidence was given which would identify particular families.

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