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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Hearings: Commencement of Phase 8

Later this year the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry will begin its public hearings  in relation  to Phase 8 of its investigations: “The abuse of children in residential accommodation for young offenders and children, and young persons in need of care and protection”


The focus of this case study is residential accommodation provided or used by the state between 1930 and 2014  to accommodate (a) young offenders under the age of 18 (and children and young persons under 18 awaiting trial), and (b) children and young persons under 18 in need of care and protection. This accommodation was managed by a range of providers including local authorities, religious bodies, voluntary bodies, and the Scottish Prison Service.


SCAI’s investigations into this area of residential care have been ongoing throughout the life of the Inquiry. The case study will look at:


  • Residential establishments in Scotland used as approved schools, List D schools, secure accommodation, remand homes, and assessment centres; and
  • Borstal institutions, remand institutions, detention centres and young offenders’ institutions run by the Scottish Prison Service.


The period covered by SCAI’s investigations into abuse at those establishments extends from 1930 to 2014.


The case study will explore the nature and extent of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse including  the abusive use of corporal punishment, restraint, and segregation.

Reporting and impact have been and continue to be aspects of SCAI’s investigations, as do staff recruitment, training, and culture; they will also be explored during the case study.


The first part of the case study will feature evidence from relevant experts, regulatory bodies and inspectorates as well as evidence from providers. SCAI will then hear evidence in relation to a number of particular establishments. That part of the case study will include evidence from individuals who experienced abuse and a range of other witnesses.


Hearings will be held at the Inquiry’s venue at Mint House, 20 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA.


At this stage, applications may be made for leave to appear for this case study. Anyone wishing to apply should do so as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than noon on Friday 31 March .


What’s involved in having “leave to appear” is explained here on the Inquiry’s website. www.childabuseinquiry.scot. There are also application forms on the website.


Members of the public do not need “leave to appear” to watch hearings from the public areas in the Inquiry venue. They are welcome to do so at any time.


Thirty-nine establishments have now been confirmed as being included in the case study.


They are:


Name of Establishments


Dr Guthrie’s Girls

St Andrew’s, Shandon



St Euphrasia’s/ Dalbeth/Good Shepherd Centre


Glenochil (Detention Centre and YOI)

St John Bosco’s, Aberdour

Barlinnie (Borstal and YOI)

Kerelaw (Residential and Secure)

St John’s, Springboig

Balnacraig, Perth


St Joseph’s, Tranent


Langlands Park

St Katharine’s and Howdenhall/Gilmerton/Liberton Assessment Centre and Edinburgh Secure Services (ESS)



St Mary’s Kenmure, Bishopbriggs



St Mungo’s, Mauchline



St Ninian’s, Gartmore



St Philip’s, Plains

Calder House

Oakbank School, Aberdeen

Thornly Park, Paisley

Cardross Park


Tynepark School, Midlothian

Dr Guthrie’s Boys

Rossie/Rossie Farm

Wellington, Penicuik