Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to be given more time to hear from survivors

Written by Jenni Davidson on 20 June 2018 in News

The inquiry was originally required to report within four years

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The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been granted an extension so it can ensure that more survivors’ voices are heard.

The independent public inquiry into the abuse of children in care was set up in October 2015 and was due to report to ministers within four years.

However Deputy First Minister John Swinney has agreed to a request from inquiry chair Lady Smith to remove the time limit from the inquiry’s terms of reference and instead allow it to report “as soon as reasonably practicable”.

John Swinney said: “It is clear the inquiry is working hard and good progress is already evident.

“A large number of applicants have already come forward and continue to do so, it is vital that the inquiry hears from as many survivors and witnesses as possible.

“That is why I have agreed to Lady Smith’s request to revise the original terms of reference to allow more time for the inquiry to complete its work, taking into account its remit, timescale and large number of institutions identified.

“It takes considerable courage for survivors to approach the inquiry and talk about their experiences of being in care as children.

“By raising awareness of historic abuse they are helping to uncover the nature and extent of the issue and the failings which allowed it to happen.

“We are determined to ensure lessons are learned to protect children in future and provide survivors with the support they deserve.”

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