Key dates set for historical child abuse inquiry

The chair of an historical inquiry into child abuse in Scotland has announced two key dates.

Susan O’Brien, QC, said that for a person who suffered abuse to give their account to the inquiry of their experience of abuse, its impact and the effect on their family, the abuse must have taken place no later than December 17, 2014.

Since it was formally established in October, the inquiry has engaged with a range of organisations with an interest in the work of the inquiry to listen to their suggestions on waht should be examined.
Ms O’Brien indicated that the inquiry is to engage with as many groups as possible to understand their views on how the inquiry should be carried out, with interested parties having until January 31, 2016 to make their views known.

Marking these dates, Ms O’Brien said: “We are developing procedures to take the evidence of survivors, as it is likely that many individuals will apply to give us their testimony.

“We are considering how best to assess the evidence from victims/survivors and all the other evidence the inquiry receives.

“We also require to determine which of the witnesses will remain anonymous.

“Anyone who wishes to make suggestions on how the inquiry should approach its work should contact the inquiry before January 31.”

The Historical Child Abuse Inquiry Scotland will investigate the nature and extent of abuse of children in care and the effects of such abuse on children and their families.

The inquiry is intended to create a national public record and commentary on the abuse of children in care during the relevant timescale, and it is expected that it will make recommendations.