National Enquiry into Historical Child Abuse – latest updates

Category: Children in situations of exploitation

28th May 2015

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, on behalf of the Scottish Government made a Parliamentary Statement on 28 May 2015 on the National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse. This sets out:

- The Terms of Reference of the Inquiry
- Susan O'Brien QC as Chair for the Inquiry
- Scottish Government's position on time-bar
- An update on a survivor support fund

Children 1st have welcomed the appointment of Susan O'Brien QC as Chair of Scotland's Inquiry into historic abuse of children in care. Susan O'Brien QC has previously represented abuse victims and took a test case on time bar in historic claims to the House of Lords in 2008.

Confirming O'Brien's appointment in a statement to the Scottish Parliament, education secretary Angela Constance MSP also confirmed that in addition to children formally placed in care in institutions, the inquiry will include allegations of abuse in foster care, in long-term hospital care and in boarding schools.

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