Call for fresh probe into care home claims - Bryn Estyn

Senior officials have called for a probe into allegations that a former unnamed senior Conservative politician was involved in a paedophile ring three decades ago. Keith Towler, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, told the BBC over the weekend that he backed calls for a full investigation into claims of a cover-up after a victim of the Bryn Estyn children's home in north Wales care home scandal criticised the limits of the previous Waterhouse Inquiry.

Leanne Wood, Plaid ymru leader, added: “We must get to the bottom of this, we can’t leave it hanging. The process must be transparent and open and the victims must have some sort of justice.’’

The comments came after intensifying discussion over impunity for influential individuals in a range of sexual scandals triggered by the investigations into the activities of the late Sir Jimmy Savile.

In an interview with the BBC’s Newsnight programme last week, Steve Messham said the terms of reference of the tribunal led by Sir Ronald Waterhouse published in 2000 that heard evidence from more than 650 individuals who had been in some 40 homes between 1974 and 1990 did not consider abuse that took place outside the care system. Mr Towler said: “I would support a full inquiry. The fact that we have someone on camera now who was clearly a victim of appalling abuse in Bryn Estyn children’s home back in the 1970s and 80s, saying that what he wanted to say was outside of the terms of reference and people told him that he could not say these things and he couldn’t talk about people who had abused him, is clearly wrong.”

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Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

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