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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI)

What is the Scottish Abuse Inquiry?Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was set up on 1 October 2015 to look into the abuse of children in care.

The time period of the Inquiry is from living memory up until 17 December 2014.

The Inquiry will raise public awareness of the abuse of children in care and will provide an opportunity for public acknowledgement of the suffering of the children.

The Inquiry will report to Scottish Government Ministers within four years with recommendations for the future to improve the law, policies and practices in Scotland. The report must also be presented to the Scottish Parliament.

The Inquiry is currently taking evidence from people who were abused.

What is Aberdeen City Council's involvement?

The Inquiry has been requesting information and documents from Local Authorities and care providers as part of their investigations.

A list of current investigations can be found here: https://www.childabuseinquiry.scot/evidence/investigations/

What is the scope of the Inquiry?

The Inquiry's first phase hearings started on 31 May.

The evidence to be heard will include:

  • Evidence from expert witnesses about:
  • The legislative and regulatory framework governing children in care in Scotland up to 1968;
  • The early development of care services in Scotland;
  • Societal attitudes towards children; and
  • The nature and prevalence of child abuse in Scotland.


There will also be:

  • Evidence from the Scottish Government on the nature, extent and development of the State's areas of responsibility for children in residential and foster care in Scotland.
  • Evidence of the history and governance of a number of care providers, including faith based organisations, and whether there is any retrospective acknowledgement of abuse.
  • Evidence of the background, development, purpose and work of survivor groups.

How can I learn more?

If I am affected by any of the issues raised by the Inquiry what can I do and who can I talk to?

Aberdeen City Council has produced an information pack for potential witnesses which you can download below.
This contains details of the ways in which you can contact the Inquiry and also includes key information about the process.

 

Support is available both locally and nationally.

  • Witness Support team - contact details
    If you think you may be interested in speaking to the Witness Support team you can contact them in the following ways:
    Phone: 0800 0929 300
    Email: talktous@childabuseinquiry.scot
    Post: PO Box 24085, Edinburgh, EH7 9EA
    Website: www.childabuseinquiry.scot

 

 

Other Support Organisations

There are organisations which can offer support to anyone who is a survivor of child abuse. 

  • The National Confidential Forum
    A confidential service available from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.
    Phone: 0141 352 2333 or 0800 121 4773
    Website: www.nationalconfidentialforum.org.uk

 

  • Samaritans
    A confidential helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    Phone: 01224 574 488 or 08457 90 90 90
    Email: jo@samaritans.org
    Website: www.samaritans.org/aberdeen

 

  • In Care Survivors Service Scotland
    A confidential helpline is available 9am - 11am, Monday to Friday.
    Phone: 0800 121 6027
    Email: Janine@incaresurvivors.org.uk
    Website: www.incaresurvivors.org.uk

 

  • Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Service
    A confidential information and signposting service is available 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday.
    Phone: 01224 346033
    Email: ScottishChildAbuseIn@aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

  • Support for Aberdeen City Council staff
    Aberdeen City Council staff can contact any of the above for personal support as well as Time for Talking.
    Time for Talking
    A confidential helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    Phone: 0800 970 3980
    Email: admin@timefortalking.co.uk

 

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