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.