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A press release was issued today ahead of the continuation of phase 1 hearings.

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Phase 1 Hearings Resume


Phase 1 hearings for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will resume today, Tuesday 31 October, in Edinburgh.


In this part of Phase 1 investigations, the Inquiry will hear evidence from witnesses relating to local authority child care services (over a combined period spanning the 1950s to the 1990s) and a former Chief Social Work Advisor and Chief Social Work Inspector. The Inquiry will also hear from experts on the treatment of children and young persons under state regulation of their residence and the Inspection Report 1930-68.


This phase of hearings is expected to last the course of the week, taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. A detailed running order can be found in the notes to editors below, alongside a list of those granted leave to appear for this Phase 1 continuation.


Hearings will take place in Edinburgh at the Inquiry’s hearing venue, situated on the 3rd floor of Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ.


The evidence given at the hearings will supplement written statements taken from witnesses in advance and documents which have been recovered by the Inquiry team during the course of investigations.


The hearings venue will open to the public at 9.30am each day of hearings, ahead of a 10am start. At 11:30 am there will be a 15 minute break. The morning session will conclude at 1pm and then break for an hour for lunch. The afternoon session will run from 2pm until 4pm with the hearing venue closing at 4.30pm.


Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings. There is no reserved seating in the public area and it is not necessary to notify the Inquiry of attendance in advance. Further information about public access can be found on the Inquiry’s website.


For those not able to attend hearings, a word-for-word transcript will be available for each hearing day on the Inquiry website. Sign language interpretation is now also available, to find out more visit www.childabuseinquiry.scot.



For media enquiries please contact:

3x1 Public Relations

T: 0131 225 7700 / 0141 221 0707

E: SCAI@3x1.com






Timetable:             Inquiry Hearings Phase 1 part b: 31 October – 3 November



  • Katharine Mackenzie
  • Angus Skinner
  • Professor Kenneth M Norrie
  • Philip Dolan
  • Professor Ian Levitt


Those granted leave to appear for Phase 1 continuation:


  • Police Scotland
  • Good Shepherd Sisters order
  • Scottish Government
  • Care Inspectorate
  • Former Boys and Girls Abused of Quarriers Homes (FBGA)
  • In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS)
  • Quarriers
  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul order
  • Church of Scotland / Crossreach
  • Barnardo's
  • Sisters of Nazareth order
  • Christian Brothers order
  • English Benedictine Congregation order
  • Aberlour Child Care Trust
  • Marist Brothers order
  • De La Salle Brothers order
  • Bishops' Conference of Scotland
  • Conference of Religious Scotland


About the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry


The overall aim and purpose of the Inquiry is to raise public awareness of the abuse of children in care, particularly during the period covered by the Inquiry. It will provide an opportunity for public acknowledgement of the suffering of those children and a forum for validation of their experience and testimony. The Inquiry will do this by fulfilling its Terms of Reference which are set out below.


  • To investigate the nature and extent of abuse of children whilst in care in Scotland, during the relevant time frame.


  • To consider the extent to which institutions and bodies with legal responsibility for the care of children failed in their duty to protect children in care in Scotland (or children whose care was arranged in Scotland) from abuse (regardless of where that abuse occurred), and in particular to identify any systemic failures in fulfilling that duty. 


  • To create a national public record and commentary on abuse of children in care in Scotland during the relevant time frame.


  • To examine how abuse affected and still affects these victims in the long term, and how in turn it affects their families.


  • The Inquiry is to cover that period which is within living memory of any person who suffered such abuse, up until such date as the Chair may determine, and in any event not beyond 17 December 2014.


  • To consider the extent to which failures by state or non-state institutions (including the courts) to protect children in care in Scotland from abuse have been addressed by changes to practice, policy or legislation, up until such date as the Chair may determine.


  • To consider whether further changes in practice, policy or legislation are necessary in order to protect children in care in Scotland from such abuse in future.


  • Within 4 years (or such other period as Ministers may provide) of the date of its establishment, to report to the Scottish Ministers on the above matters, and to make recommendations.




  1. ‘Child’ means a person under the age of 18.
  2. For the purpose of this Inquiry, “Children in Care” includes children in institutional residential care such as children’s homes (including residential care provided by faith based groups); secure care units including List D schools; Borstals; Young Offenders’ Institutions; places provided for Boarded Out children in the Highlands and Islands; state, private and independent Boarding Schools, including state funded school hostels; healthcare establishments providing long term care; and any similar establishments intended to provide children with long term residential care. The term also includes children in foster care. The term does not include: children living with their natural families; children living with members of their natural families, children living with adoptive families, children using sports and leisure clubs or attending faith based organisations on a day to day basis; hospitals and similar treatment centres attended on a short term basis; nursery and day-care; short term respite care for vulnerable children; schools, whether public or private, which did not have boarding facilities; police cells and similar holding centres which were intended to provide care temporarily or for the short term; or 16 and 17 year old children in the armed forces and accommodated by the relevant service.
  3. “Abuse” for the purpose of this Inquiry is to be taken to mean primarily physical abuse and sexual abuse, with associated psychological and emotional abuse. The Inquiry will be entitled to consider other forms of abuse at its discretion, including medical experimentation, spiritual abuse, unacceptable practices (such as deprivation of contact with siblings) and neglect, but these matters do not require to be examined individually or in isolation.