The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is independent to Scottish Government and was established under the Inquiries Act 2005. As such, it must be undertaken in accordance with that Act and, where applicable, with the Inquiries (Scotland) Rules 2007. The Act and Rules set out things that the Inquiry must do or that it may have powers to do. There are also provisions within the Act relating to Ministers’ duties and powers which covers establishing the Inquiry, Terms of Reference, Chair and Panel appointments.
The Scottish Government acts as sponsor to the Inquiry and in that role assists the Inquiry with financial and operational matters. The Sponsorship Team is also responsible for supporting Ministers in their statutory obligations set out in the Inquiries Act 2005 and their duties to Parliament in relation to the Inquiry.