Friday, 14 September 2018

17 more institutions to be checked for child abuses...



Child abuse inquiry announces 17 more institutions to be investigated. The new establishments will bring the total under scrutiny to 86. 

Seventeen further institutions are to be investigated by a far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care. The 17 are in addition to the 69 establishments already identified by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), taking the total number under scrutiny to 86. The list includes religious and non-religious institutions, boarding schools and council and healthcare establishments around Scotland. 

The newly-announced schools to be looked at are St Andrew’s School, in Shandon, Dunbartonshire; Queen Victoria boarding school in Dunblane; Balnacraig School in Perth; Edinburgh’s Royal Blind School and Harmeny School; Donaldson’s School for Deaf Children; Oakbank School in Aberdeen; Ovenstone Residential School in Fife; and Balrossie School in Inverclyde. Cardross Park Assessment Centre and Dunclutha Children’s Home in Argyll will also be examined, as will Park Lodge in Glasgow. 

Lagarie House Children’s Home in Rhu, Argyll; Redheugh Adolescent Unit in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, and Humbie Care Home in East Lothian are also to be investigated, inquiry chiefs announced. Lennox Castle Hospital in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, and the Royal Scottish National Hospital in Larbert in the Falkirk area complete the list. 

Inquiry chair Lady Smith said: “Please would anyone who has any relevant information about any of these institutions contact the inquiry. Advertising “It does not matter whether you have already made a report to the police or to anyone else, and it does not matter whether or not you have been involved in any other investigation. You can still talk to us and we want to hear from you.” 

She continued: “I am well aware that it can be difficult and very emotional to talk about experiences in care and I want to take this opportunity to give an assurance that we have a dedicated witness support team here who will help and support anyone providing evidence to us. They will do so throughout the process.” The inquiry is tasked with examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care.