The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry launched on 1 October 2015 and is one of the most wide-ranging public inquiries ever held in Scotland, with full powers to compel witnesses to give evidence, and is one of several commitments that emerged from the InterAction process involving survivors of in-care abuse.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, on behalf of the Scottish Government, made a Parliamentary statement on 17 December 2014 announcing this Government’s intention to hold a National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse. This also set out this Government’s strong commitment to engage with Survivors and relevant organisations to seek views on the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry, as well as the attributes of the Chair and Panel. This engagement will continue through the summer months as full details of the range of support services are developed.
Find out more on the SurvivorScotland website
We held a series of events where survivors, their families and representative organisations could give their views on a range of issues. We also accepted comments via a dedicated phone line and website and in writing. This built on commitments made through the InterAction process, led by the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Centre of Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS), to improve the support for survivors and their families. It asked participants to comment on:
- A Survivor Support Fund