Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Education Secretary Angela Constance welcomed the start of the statutory national public Inquiry into historical abuse of children in care today.

The 1st October sees the launch of Scotland's independent Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. It is a significant landmark with the Chair, Susan O'Brien QC highlighting that from the outset, she is keen to ensure that survivors know that they will listen carefully to their experiences, and that they will work hard to understand the lessons of the past in order to ensure that we keep our children safe in the future.

In the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning's statement to Parliament on 28 May she outlined that the Inquiry is expected to report within four years of its start date. The Inquiry will examine instances of abuse of children 'in care', including residential care; children's homes; secure care; borstals and young offenders institutions and those placed in foster care. It will also take in allegations from survivors who were boarded out, part of child migrant schemes; those in school hostels and health care units providing long term care as well as independent boarding schools.