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The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is looking at the abuse of children in care. It was set up on 1 October 2015 and is chaired by Lady Anne Smith. The Inquiry aims to raise public awareness of the abuse of children in care. It will provide an opportunity for public acknowledgement of the suffering of the children. It will be a forum for validation of their experience and testimony.

The Inquiry will report to Scottish Government Ministers within 4 years with recommendations for the future to improve the law, policies and practices in Scotland. 

For further information, please visit their website www.childabuseinquiry.scot

Sponsorship role of the Scottish Government

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.

More about the Inquiry

  • Terms of Reference

    The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry and definitions

  • Chair

    A biography for the Chair of the Inquiry and a copy of their declaration

  • History

    Action already taken by the Scottish Government before the Inquiry was announced

  • Parliamentary Matters

    Information on what an inquiry is