Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Child abuse inquiry is due to launch in Glasgow

"The inquiry into historical allegations of child abuse in Scotland is to outline how it will take evidence. "

"Chaired by QC Susan O'Brien, it will take four years to investigate the extent of abuse of children in care, and identify any systemic failures. "

"But many survivors have continued to be critical of its terms of reference, which they have said prevents thousand of victims from giving evidence."

"The Scottish government said the inquiry was the widest it had set up."

"Although the inquiry is due to launch its formal call for evidence, it has already heard from a small number of seriously ill or very elderly survivors. "

"At the launch in Glasgow, it will invite other victims to come forward."

"Ms O'Brien, supported by panel members Glenn Houston and Prof Michael Lamb, will set out the ways in which individuals and institutions with information that may be of interest to the work of the inquiry can provide their evidence..."

"But it does not cover children who were abused while living with their natural or adoptive families, while using sports and leisure clubs or attending faith based organisations on a day to day basis."

"The inquiry will also not examine allegations of children being abused in non-boarding schools, nursery or day-care centres. "

"The definition of `abuse` for the purpose of the inquiry is taken to mean primarily physical abuse and sexual abuse, with associated psychological and emotional abuse."

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