In 2010 the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) published a Framework for Justice and Remedies for Historic Abuse of Children in Care In 2011, Scottish Ministers agreed to implement the recommendations of the work in the SHRC Framework.
In 2012 at the request of the Scottish Government, the SHRC and Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) led an InterAction dialogue with survivors of in-care abuse and former providers of care. From this dialogue, an Action Plan on Justice for Victims of Historic Abuse of Children in Care was co-developed by all participants which set out recommendations under two strands: Acknowledgement and Apology and Accountability (reparation, inquiry and access to justice). Below is information on the Scottish Governments response to the accountability strand.
On 11 November 2014 the former Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell made a parliamentary statement in which he committed to considering an Inquiry into Historic Abuse and in doing so, joining with survivors and agencies in taking the issues forward together and in ensuring that the views and experience of survivors was integral to the decision making and action process going forward.
On 17 December 2014 the former Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, made a parliamentary statement 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.
On 28 May 2015 the former Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, made a parliamentary statement announcing the Terms of Reference, Chair and start date of the Inquiry.