More charities investigated by child abuse inquiry

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It has been announced that 17 more institutions will be looked at as part of the major probe

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13th September 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Charities will come under further scrutiny in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

It has been announced that 17 more institutions will be looked at as part of the major probe.

They include current and former facilities run by charities, as well as local authority and healthcare establishments.

The inquiry, which looking in detail at historical abuse of children in residential care in Scotland, started in 2015 and was expected to last for four years.

However, in June it was announced that the time-frame of the probe, which has cost £13.9 million to date, would be extended indefinitely to allow more survivors to come forward and give evidence.

Institutions still in existence which are run by charities are Balnacraig School in Perth, the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Harmeny School, also Edinburgh and run by the Harmeny Education Trust, Donaldson’s School for Deaf Children in Linlithgow, run by The Donaldson Trust, and Queen Victoria School in Dunblane.

The following homes are no longer operating by were run by or as charities: Oakbank School in Aberdeen, Humbie Care Home, East Lothian, which was run by the Algrade Trust, Redheugh Adolesecent Unit in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, which was run by the Salvation Army, St Andrew’s School, Shandon, Edinburgh, was run by the Archdiocese of Glasgow and Lagarie House Children’s Home, Rhu, which was run by the Sailor’s Society.

The other seven institutions are or were local authority-run.

These establishments are additional to the list of 69 previously identified by the Inquiry, which included those run by the likes of Barnardo’s. Quarriers and Aberlour.

Inquiry chairwoman Lady Smith urged anyone who has any relevant information about the institutions to contact the inquiry.

She said: "It does not matter whether you have already made a report to the police or to anyone else and it does not matter whether or not you have been involved in any other investigation. You can still talk to us and we want to hear from you.

"I am well aware that it can be difficult and very emotional to talk about experiences in care and I want to take this opportunity to give an assurance that we have a dedicated witness support team here who will help and support anyone providing evidence to us. They will do so throughout the process."