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FBGA are pleased to announce that David Whelan's remarkable story and account of life in care "No More Silence" was published by Harper Collins in November 2010. You can browse selected chapters of the book, which is also available in a Kindle Edition and was serialised in the Scottish Sunday Mail.

MARION SCOTT and JIM MCBETH are a husband and wife team. They are helping David write his story. Marion is an award-winning journalist who works for Scotland's biggest selling national Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Mail. As well as winning accolades for her campaigning work on child abuse issues and miscarriages of justice, she has won the Campaigning Journalist of the Year award. Jim has been writing for national newspapers for 43 years. He currently works for the Daily Mail. He has also contributed to a number of national television and BBC radio documentaries.




Scottish Sunday Mail interview David Whelan at Quarriers village for "No More Silence", 19/11/10.


PDF Document Peter Garsden, President of Child Abuse Lawyers Association, reviews No More Silence (PDF format).

PDF Document NEW! Abuse survivors pledge to make credible claims as time bar lifted the Glasgow Herald, 23/06/2017 (PDF format). Html link here. David Whelan, spokesman for Former Boys and Girls Abused (FBGA) of Quarriers Homes, said he was delighted the bill to end the time bar had been passed with no abstentions. He added: "It is a momentous day for survivors – it has been a long struggle to get here, and convince people that the old law was antiquated and needed to be changed. The only sadness is that some people won’t be around to take advantage of it."

PDF Document NEW! Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Update Spring - Summer 2017. Double page spread format here (PDF format).

PDF Document NEW! Future Pathways, Scotland's In Care Survivor Support Fund, quarterly report : Q4, January - March 2017 (PDF format).

PDF Document NEW! Lawyer claims Barnardo's "compounded abuse" by destroying records "What were Barnardo's trying to hide by destroying records?" Survivors solicitors asks. Peter Swindon, Group Investigations Writer, the Sunday Herald, 04/06/17 (PDF format).

PDF Document NEW! Child abuse 'cover-up' claims after Barnardo's admits systematically destroying files Peter Swindon, Group Investigations Writer, the Sunday Herald, 04/06/17 (PDF format).

PDF Document NEW! Transcript of the first day of phase 1 of the public hearings of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry with some names redacted. 31/05/17. Including submissions from FBGA's QC Mr Stuart Gale, INCAS QC Mr John Scott and others including Quarriers (PDF format). You can also visit the SCAI website for daily updates.

PDF Document NEW! Scottish Human Rights Commission's response to Margaret Mitchell MSP regarding the Scottish Justice Committee, 23/05/17. This is in relation to the exemptions requested by the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland from the Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016, about which FBGA have raised serious concerns (PDF format).

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry website has been updated to include some additional information about their hearings, 15/05/17.

The hearings calendar now includes details of the organisations invited to make oral submissions on the first day of hearings. You can find this here.

The Inquiry has also added a new page to the website with information about the hearing venue. You can find this here.


Future Pathways, Scotland's In Care Survivor Support Fund, newsletter May 2017.

PDF Document Abuse victim's glowing praise for inquiry is heartening Stephen Naysmith, the Herald, 12/09/16 (PDF format).

PDF Document Letter to the FBGA from Annabelle Ewing, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, in relation to the Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016, 12/05/2017. The FBGA thanks Annabelle Ewing for taking the time to write and explain this matter. FBGA were very concerned when we were informed that the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland were seeking exemption from the Act. The Minister's letter helps to explain the reasoning behind the Scottish Government's decision in this respect. The FBGA continue to fully support the Scottish Government in it efforts to address all historical abuse issues affecting Scotland, and to implement the InterAction Plan in full (PDF format).

PDF Document Draft report of the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament, 09/05/2017. The report refers to the exemptions requested by health regulatory bodies, the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland, from the Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016 (PDF format).

PDF Document The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has published a redaction protocol, 09/05/2017. Online link here. All documents published by the Inquiry will be redacted on the basis set out in this protocol. (PDF format).

PDF Document FBGA submission to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament, 08/05/2017. This relates to the Apology (Scotland Act) 2016. FBGA has raised serious concerns about organisations such as the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland seeking exemption from this Act, which would have a negative impact on survivors. Correspondence relating to the Justice Committee's consideration of subordinate legislation relating to the Act, including the FBGA's submission, can be found here (PDF format).

"Abuse victim who fought for justice dies without redress" - Mr Frank Docherty RIP. FBGA have been informed of the sad news of Frank's passing away. We are all truly indebted to Frank for his courage and bravery and for giving others the courage to highlight and speak out about what took place in these institutions. May he rest in peace and may I, on behalf of myself and the FBGA, offer our condolences to Janet, his family and to the members of INCAS. Best wishes, David Whelan. See also: Abuse victim who fought for justice dies without redress by Stephen Naysmith, the Herald, 30/04/17.

MSPs support end of time bar on child abuse payouts BBC News, 27/04/17. MSPs have unanimously backed the general principles of a bill to scrap the time bar on survivors of childhood sexual abuse suing for damages.

PDF Document Irish Religious orders have paid just 13% of bill for child abuse inquiry Irish Independent news, 09/03/2017. Irish Religious orders which ran institutions where children were abused have paid just 13% of the bill for a long-running inquiry, redress and compensation, the state's financial watchdog has found (PDF format).

Dear all, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has published an updated version of the Chair's General Restriction Order No 1, which can be downloaded here. This corrects one misprint in Paragraph 7 which refers to "paragraphs 1 and 3". Please note that General Restriction Order No 3, which is new, is also available to download here from 18/04/17.

Dear all, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry have now published the timetable for the first phase of the Inquiry on their website.

PDF Document The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee Stage 1 Report on the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill 20/04/2017 (PDF format).

PDF Document Justice Committee backs plan to lift child abuse damages time bar Glasgow Herald, 20/04/2017. Plans to lift a time bar to allow child abuse survivors to sue for damages has been backed by Holyrood's Justice Committee (PDF format).

PDF Document Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Notice - first phase hearings starting on 31 May 2017. This notice provides information about the scope and purpose of the Inquiry's first phase hearings. There is also information about how to apply for what is called "leave to appear" (PDF format).

PDF Document Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, General Restriction Order, 29/03/17 (PDF format). Online version here.

PDF Document MSPs warned of 'barrier' created by time limit on child abuse damages claims, the Glasgow Herald 28/02/17 (PDF format).

Scot taken from mother, sent to Australia and abused to testify at Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, by Brian Donnelly, the Herald, 09/03/17. Hugh McGowan a migrant child and former resident of Quarriers tells his story in the BBC 2 programme, "Growing Up in Scotland: A Century of Childhood".

PDF Document Judge leading child abuse inquiry ruled against claims for damages. Lady Smith rejected attempts to have three-year time bar set aside in eight Quarriers Homes cases, by Chris Marshall, the Scotsman, 24/02/17 (PDF format). Html version here.

PDF Document Official Draft report of Session 5 of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee of 28/02/17. Including input from Bruce Adamson of the Scottish Human Rights Commission among others (PDF format).

PDF Document Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry FACTSHEET - DISCLOSING ALLEGATIONS 28/02/17. This factsheet explains when the Inquiry may share an applicant's name with the organisation or person named as an abuser or their legal representatives. The Inquiry must be fair to everyone involved in the process. This is a legal requirement. Sometimes the need for fairness will mean that the Inquiry must share the applicant's name with the organisation or person named as an abuser. Not every organisation or person named as an abuser will be told the name of the applicant. This will only happen when the Inquiry must do so to be fair (PDF format).

Scottish survivor group Incas threaten to abandon child abuse inquiry over anonymity fears, by Stephen Naysmith, the Herald, 01/03/17.

The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill and accompanying documents. This is a Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to remove the limitation period for actions of damages in respect of personal injuries resulting from childhood abuse. The Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, on 16/11/16 and is now going through the various Parliamentary stages.

PDF Document Official Draft report of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee meeting of 21/02/17, concerning the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill (PDF format). Online version here.

PDF Document A letter from Deputy First Minister John Swinney to James Dornan MSP regarding the victim/survivor financial redress consultation process, 23/02/17. The process has now commenced with all parties including FBGA. It will be facilitated by CELCIS through the InterAction Plan Review Group. A special meeting of this group, including victim/survivors, FBGA, Scottish Government representatives and a service provider, agreed to a number of actions to take forward this important piece of work regarding redress (PDF format).

PDF Document Child abuse inquiry panel decision defended by John Swinney, the Herald, 23/02/17 (PDF format). Online version here. Html version here.

Further problems for child abuse inquiry as third member resigns, by Stephen Naysmith, the Herald, 21/02/17. David Whelan of Former Boys and Girls Abused of Quarriers Homes said, "We still fully support the inquiry but it is important that it is stable and doesn't lurch from crisis to crisis."

Court system time bar must be removed to help abuse victims, MSPs told, the Scotsman, 21/02/17.



Justice Committee, Scottish Parliament, 21/02/17. Including FBGA testimony and evidence given by David Whelan and Harry Aitken, former residents of Quarriers, on the issue of Timebar.


PDF Document Abuse inquiry bars victims' charity by Mark Macaskill, the Sunday Times, 19/02/17 (PDF format). Html version here.

Cost of removing time bar on abuse civil damages 'may be underestimated' the Scotsman, 17/02/17. Former Boys and Girls Abused of Quarriers Homes will give evidence to the Justice Committee. FBGA said, "The insurance industry are a special interest group and have demonstrated that they will seek any opportunity to avoid liability. All childhood abuse cases should be given a fair and reasonable hearing process in the Scottish civil courts, without exception."

PDF Document Child abuse victims slam insurers over timebar by Stephen Naysmith, the Herald, 17/02/17 (PDF format). Online version here. Html version here.

PDF Document Dear all, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry held its preliminary hearing in Edinburgh on 31/01/17. The Chair, Lady Smith, and the other panel member Mr Glen Houston delivered an opening statement (PDF format). FBGA have been nominated as core participants represented by David Whelan. The legal representative for FBGA at the Inquiry is Mr Stuart Gale, Queen's Counsel. A video of the full preliminary hearing can be found by following the links on the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry website.

The Inquiry team would like to hear from former residents who can call on Freephone 0800 092 9300, email to talktous@childabuseinquiry.scot or write to SCAI, PO Box 24085, in confidence. You can also visit the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry website here for updates and further information.


Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Reaction. A report detailing widespread abuse of children in residential homes in Northern Ireland has led to apologies from several institutions involved, BBC News, 20/01/17.

Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: "Widespread abuse" in children's homes, BBC News, 20/01/17.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry have published new and updated information on the Inquiry website, 16/01/17.

PDF Document FBGA's submission to the Scottish Justice Committee in relation to the proposed changes in Timebar law, 09/01/17 (PDF format).

PDF Document FBGA's proposed redress and compensation model that we submitted to the Scottish Government on 25/04/16.

The model is based on best practice, is victim/survivor centred and puts the victim/survivor at the heart of the process. Under the model victim/survivors would be permitted to appoint their own legal and medical representatives and their medical representatives would be responsible for submitting any medical reports that might be required or requested as part of any redress and compensation scheme.

The FBGA redress and compensation scheme addresses the pre-1964 victim/survivors as a priority and also takes into consideration those victim/survivors who may not wish to embark upon an adversarial court case once Timebar is changed (PDF format).


Care home abuse revealed by new National Confidential Forum report, "What We Have Heard So Far". SEVERE abuse and neglect experienced by children in Scotland's care system have come to light. The National newspaper, 11/01/17.

PDF Document Official National Confidential Forum report "What We Have Heard So Far", January 2017 (PDF format).

Forced to parade around naked, beaten and force-fed: Care forum reveals horrific accounts of historical child abuse. The Scottish Daily Record, 10/01/17.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry announced on 14 December 2016 that its preliminary hearing will take place on 31 January 2017 at Parliament House in Edinburgh.

At the preliminary hearing, Inquiry Chair Lady Smith will explain the Inquiry's approach to its work and will provide an update on the Inquiry's current investigations. She will set out the Inquiry's key procedures including how people and interested parties may participate in the Inquiry and the different ways in which the Inquiry is gathering evidence. Information will also be shared about the proactive communications campaign to drive public awareness of and engagement with the Inquiry.

As this hearing will deal with procedural matters only, no witnesses will appear and no evidence will be heard.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the preliminary hearing. However, seating capacity is limited for health and safety reasons and as a result access will be granted on a first come, first served, basis.

Anyone wishing to attend the preliminary hearing should come to the main reception at Parliament House where they will be directed to the hearing room. The preliminary hearing will begin at 11am and is expected to run for approximately one and a half hours.

Please note that while Parliament House is accessible, the courtroom where the preliminary hearing will take place has an inner door that will not accommodate all wheelchair models. Anyone with mobility issues should contact the Inquiry in advance. This will not be the Inquiry's permanent hearings venue.

For those not able to attend the preliminary hearing, a recording of the full event will be available on the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry website.


PDF Document Scottish child abuse inquiry announces preliminary hearing, 14/12/2016 (PDF format). (Html version here).

David Whelan wrote to the Inquiry Team on behalf of FBGA,
"We are concerned that there are limited places for attendees as indicated in your letter.
"It would very unfortunate if any victim-survivor was denied access or failed to gain entry due to the limited number of places.
"I am sure also that there will media interest so it is crucial that the above does not occur for any of the above reasons."


The In Care Survivor Support Fund (ICSSF) supports those who have experienced abuse in care.

You can contact the ICSSF in a number of ways – by phone on 0808 164 2005, by email at registration@icssf.scot or by using the form on their website. If you are worried about contacting the ICSSF directly yourself, a relative, friend or support worker can, with your permission, get in touch with them on your behalf.


PDF Document Swinney is right not to extend the child abuse inquiry remit, Stephen Naysmith, the Herald, 18/11/2016 (PDF format).

PDF Document Scottish Government introduces Timebar Bill into the Scottish Parliament, 16/11/2016. Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill [AS INTRODUCED]. An Act of the Scottish Parliament to remove the limitation period for actions of damages in respect of personal injuries resulting from childhood abuse (PDF format).

PDF Document Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP's statement to the Scottish Parliament, 17/11/2016, in which he says: "It has always been the Government's intention that the abuse of children and young people in care is to be taken into account, wherever it occurred, and I want to put that matter beyond any doubt. As the Inquiries Act requires of me, I have consulted Lady Smith and I have amended the Terms of Reference to clarify this point" (PDF format).

Deputy First Minister John Swinney rejects calls to expand child abuse inquiry by Andrew Learmonth, the National, 18/11/2016. Former Boys and Girls Abused in Quarriers Homes said: "The change to the inquiry remit is a positive change and will bring clarity to this now. We were not supportive of widening the remit to such a degree whereby it had a major impact on the timescale. We were mindful of the issues that have occurred regarding the English child abuse inquiry. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry term of reference and remit are focused, targeted and achievable in a reasonable timescale including with this additional change."

Terms of Reference ("remit"). Clarification in the light of recent media reporting about the Inquiry's remit. The Inquiry wishes to clarify a matter in the light of recent media reporting about its remit. In accordance with the Inquiries legislation, the remit of the Inquiry was set out by the Scottish Government when it announced the Inquiry's Terms of Reference. Any decision on changes to this remit is entirely a matter for the Scottish Government. The Chair of the Inquiry does not have any power to alter the Terms of Reference under which the Inquiry operates. 19/10/2016.

PDF Document Dear all, please see an update from Lady Smith the Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, 17/10/2016. Those who wish to provide information please contact the Inquiry directly (PDF format).

PDF Document Dear all, the Scottish Government has brought forward draft primary legislation to enable childhood abuse victims to pursue claims through the Civil Courts once the legislation becomes law and passes the parliamentary process. The removal of Timebar will remove the 3 year limitation period for such abuse cases which have been disallowed by the civil justice system to date. FBGA hope that once the law is enacted affected organisations and institutions and their legal representatives will take the opportunity to settle these cases out of court without putting victims through an adversarial and damaging process. (PDF format).

See also: What would change with a new child abuse law? by David Allison, BBC Scotland News, 15/09/2016.


PDF Document Lady Smith appointed chair of crisis-hit Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry by Victoria Weldon, the Glasgow Herald, 27/07/16 (PDF format). David Whelan, spokesman for the Former Boys and Girls Abused by Quarriers group, welcomed her appointment to the inquiry. He said: "She is clearly a senior judge with vast amounts of experience and we believe she will uphold the impartiality and independence of the inquiry. It is our position that we want to ensure that everybody's rights are upheld throughout the inquiry - and that includes those who are accused - and we believe Lady Smith can ensure these conditions are met."

PDF Document Dear all, please see the invitation for the forthcoming survivor engage events (PDF format). The In Care Survivor Support Fund (ICSSF) would like to invite you to an event to learn about how we will work with those who were abused or neglected as children whilst living in care, in Scotland. As we are moving forward with service delivery, we are keen to engage with you to inform your awareness of the fund. We will be running three events and each will be chaired by a representative from Celcis, The Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland. The events will involve staff from the In Care Survivor Support Fund to meet people, answer questions, hear views and discuss different ways to engage and involve survivors on an ongoing basis.

Refreshments and lunch will also be provided and travel expenses for Survivors will be reimbursed.

The three initial information sessions will take place on:
  • Monday 19th September 2016, Glasgow
  • Wednesday 5th October 2016, Edinburgh
  • Monday 10th October 2016, Perth
To register your interest to attend on your chosen date, please RSVP to engagement@icssf.scot or call our freephone number at 0808 164 2240

We look forward to hearing from you and we hope to meet with you in the future.

Kind Regards,

The In Care Survivor Support (Scotland) Engagement Team


PDF Document John Swinney meets survivors of child abuse after inquiry resignations by Gareth McPherson, the Courier, 08/07/16 (PDF format). (Download Word document version here)

PDF Document Meeting with John Swinney reassures anxious abuse victims troubled inquiry is on track by Stephen Naysmith, the Glasgow Herald, 07/07/16. (PDF format). (Online version here)

PDF Document John Swinney urged to act on abuse inquiry after resignations the Scotsman, 07/07/16. (PDF format). (Online version here)

Deputy 1st Minister John Swinney meets abuse survivors including David Whelan from FBGA, over the troubled Inquiry, BBC News, 07/07/2016.

Victims' anger at Criminal Injuries Compensation Board who refuse to amend their 2 year Timebar rule and bring it into line with the proposed changes in the Scottish Civil law, by Marion Scott, Scottish Sunday Mail, 01/05/16.

FBGA recommends leading human rights lawyer Cameron Fyffe to represent the interests of the Quarriers Homes' abuse victims in the forthcoming Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Cameron Fyffe has vast legal and human rights experience and in-depth knowledge of particular Quarriers Homes child abuse cases. He undoubtably has the unmatched legal experience that Quarriers Homes victims will require as they contemplate accessing the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Leading lawyer claims vulnerable children abused in Scots care system were ‘victims of a conspiracy of silence’, by Marion Scott, Scottish Sunday Mail, 27/03/16. Read more here.

PDF Document Guidance on the General Procedures of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, March 2016 (PDF format). (Html version here)

PDF Document Dear all, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry would like to hear from you if you are elderly or seriously ill as unfortunately not everyone can wait even a few weeks, so the Inquiry has to take evidence from a small number of victims-survivors. If you know of any former residents of Quarriers Homes can you please let them know or assist them to contact the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. If you want to, you can speak to the Inquiry about your experiences as a child in care. After speaking to you, we will prepare a written record of your evidence. This is called a witness statement and records what you remember about what happened to you or what you saw. Our guidance called “Interim Interview Arrangements” gives more information about how giving a statement works. See "Interim Interview Arrangements" here (html version here) and "A Brief Guide to the Inquiry" here. Both documents are from the Chair of the Historical Child Abuse Inquiry to the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (PDF format).

The Child Abuse Inquiry contact details: Their website www.childabuseinquiry.scot has a lot of information about what the Inquiry is doing and how it works. You can email them at information@childabuseinquiry.scot or if you don't have access to a computer they can post you any information you need. You can write to them at PO Box 24085, Edinburgh, EH7 9EA, or call them on Freephone 0800 0929 300.


PDF Document Dear all, the Scottish Government has brought forward a Draft Bill for the Removal of the 3 Year Limitation Period from Civil Actions for Damages for Personal Injury for In Care Survivors of Historical Child Abuse (PDF format). Please follow the links for further information on the draft bill:
PDF Document Abuse probe urges victims to come forward Scottish Sunday Mail, by Marion Scott, 20/03/2016 (PDF format) (html version available here).

PDF Document Letter from the Chair of the Historical Child Abuse Inquiry to the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, 20/11/2015 (PDF format).

PDF Document Righting the Wrongs of the Past an article by David Mitchell from Scotland's Professional Social Work Magazine, featuring comments By FBGA regarding the National Inquiry, November 2015 (PDF format).

Dear all, The National Child Abuse Inquiry Scotland is now up and running and is currently in the investigation stage. If anyone believes they can assist with their inquiries please email them at information@childabuseinquiry.scot. The National Child Abuse Inquiry Scotland website has all the information on the inquiry to date.

PDF Document Changing script by Stephen Naysmith, the Scottish Herald. An article in which Professor Kay Hampton of the Scottish Human Rights Commission talks about her life and how and why she took an interest in the Scottish Victims - Survivors cause and campaign for justice (PDF format).

PDF Document The Scottish Government has now published on the Survivor Scotland website the Service Specification for In Care Survivors Support Fund which is being setup in due course (PDF format).

PDF Document Alan Draper of INCAS claims abuse inquiry shambles by Stephen Naysmith, Glasgow Herald 01/10/2015. David Whelan, spokesman for Former Boys and Girls Abused in Quarriers Homes (FBGA), said victims needed to be treated with understanding during the inquiry process. "It is important that the inquiry team acknowledge they are dealing with very vulnerable adults and need to engage with survivors in a way which is sensitive and empathetic," he said.

However he did not agree that process had been subject to delay. "This has come after years of campaigning and the Government is saying we want to listen to you, want to look at this and stop it happening in the future.

"It is important that the panel is impartial and able to be fair to everyone, what is important is that the people appointed are the right people so that everyone can have confidence in this inquiry" (PDF format).


PDF Document FBGA's submission for the Support Fund consultation, 08/07/2015 (PDF format).

PDF Document Catholic Charities lose challenge regarding Susan O'Brien appointment as Chair of the Historical Child Abuse Inquiry. Legal findings and judgement by Lord Woolman, 01/07/2015 (PDF format).

PDF Document The Scottish Government consultation on the removal of the 3 Year limitation period from civil actions for damages for personal injury for in care survivors of historical child abuse. Please contribute to this important piece of work. You can also visit the Scottish Government website here to access all the consultation documents as well as other information for victims-survivors. Anyone wanting advice on this important consultation can contact us by emailing fbga1@aol.com (PDF format).

PDF Document Court rejects challenge to Scottish ministers' abuse inquiry chair, by Stephen Naysmith, Herald Scotland, 01/07/2015 (PDF format available here).

PDF Document Catholic groups launch Judicial Review of Susan O'Brien appointment, by Stephen Naysmith, Herald Scotland, 25/06/2015 (PDF format available here).

PDF Document Scotland’s victims of institutional child abuse will be given a voice, says Education Secretary Angela Constance. Marion Scott, the Sunday Mail, 31/05/2015 (PDF format).

Inquiry into Historical Abuse of Children in Care. Chair and remit unveiled alongside new support and steps on civil action barriers. Susan O’Brien QC will chair the statutory national public Inquiry into historical abuse of children in care, Angela Constance announced today. In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the Education Secretary confirmed that in addition to children formally placed 'in care' in institutions, the Inquiry will have an extended remit. Its scope will also include allegations of abuse in foster care, in long-term hospital care and in boarding schools. The Cabinet Secretary also announced that the Scottish Government intends to lift the three-year time bar on civil actions, including compensation claims for damages in cases of historical abuse that took place after 1964 – the cut-off under the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1984. A consultation will be launched in the summer to examine how this can best be done. And, in a move designed to ensure survivors have access to the services they need now, new funding of £14.5 million for support services was announced to Parliament. The Scottish Government website, 28/05/2015.

PDF Document The Education Secretary, Angela Constance, vows to put the best person in charge of a public inquiry into child abuse in Scotland. The Sunday Mail, 26/04/2015 (PDF format).

PDF Document Please find attached a research paper on Scottish historical abuse cases by Eleanor J. Russell, "Historic abuse: the hard reality for victims", which deals with timebar issues. The Judicial Review, 2015 (PDF format).

PDF Document Dear all, please find attached a letter from the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary, Angela Constance MSP informing us that the announcement for the National Inquiry will now be made in May 2015 subject to parliamentary approval. The Scottish Government understands the importance of this and continue to work with and consult victims-survivors including FBGA. In the letter the minister says, "I want to make clear my continuing personal commitment to this Inquiry. I am conscious that this is our opportunity to examine an issue which the system has been poor at in the past. I want our society and country to face up to our responsibilities in this area. It is crucial that we get this absolutely right", 22/04/2015 (PDF format).

PDF Document Dear all, please see the FBGA's submission of 18/03/2015 to the Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Angela Constance, MSP. This submission is in relation to the recent Inquiry announcement made in the Scottish Parliament and covers timeline, types of abuse, the definition of a child, protocols, principles and obligations, scope, qualities of the Chair and Panel members, skills, expertise and due diligence - all matters relating to the purpose of the Inquiry. FBGA have also put forward a proposal for an advisory or reference group to be set-up for the Inquiry under the auspices if CELCIS (PDF format).

PDF Document What is the Role of an Inquiry? A presentation by David Whelan at the Survivor Events held recently in Scotland, 25/02/2015 (PDF format). Background notes to the presentation are available here.

Survivor events details and how to give your views.

The National Confidential Forum's website is now live and can be found here. The National Confidential Forum are now accepting applications. To find out whether you are eligible to take part in the Forum and how to apply please visit the website, telephone 0141 352 2333 or Freephone 0800 121 4773.

The Scottish Government would like to hear your views on the Terms of Reference of the recently announced National Inquiry, and the attributes required by the Chair and Panel to carry out this important role. You can email your views in confidence to the Scottish Government here.

Note from the Survivor Scotland Team: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, on behalf of the Scottish Government made a Parliamentary statement on 17 December 2014 announcing the Governments' intention to hold a National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse. This also set out a commitment to engage with Survivors and relevant organisations to seek views on the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry, as well as the attributes of the Chair and Panel. On the 29 January 2015, the Scottish Government invited survivors and relevant organisations to offer their views on the terms of reference and attributes of the Chair and Panel for the National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse.

Many people have already said that they think a national inquiry is needed. They have made suggestions for its potential scope and what it should seek to achieve. We will take those views into account but we want to reach as many other people as possible. Survivors and relevant organisations as well as the general public can now write or email their views to the Scottish Government.

More information on the Inquiry, including details of these local and regional events, can be found on the dedicated section on the Scottish Government website.


The Education Secretary's statement on historical child abuse, Scottish Parliament, 17/12/2014. Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, has announced that there will be a National Public Inquiry into historical institutional abuse regarding Scotland. Here are some extracts from her statement:
"I am grateful to the survivors of institutional child abuse who have taken the time to meet me and other ministers and who have spoken bravely and eloquently about why they consider a public inquiry is needed and why it is necessary."
"...as a society we have an opportunity to confront the mistakes of our past and to learn from them. It will not be easy but only by shining a light on the darkest recesses of our recent history will we fully understand the failures of the past, enabling us to prevent them happening again and ensure a brighter future for every child and young person in Scotland, today and for tomorrow."
"For that reason, the inquiry will be a statutory inquiry under the Inquiries (Scotland) Act 2005. It will have the power to compel witnesses to attend and give evidence, if required."
"As intimated earlier, we will consult with survivors and relevant organisations on the exact terms of reference and I propose that this process be complete by the end of April."
"Those terms of reference need to capture the principles of the inquiry, and how we can create the right environment to support victims to confide, and the right timescales over which it should be held."
"That process must also find the right people to oversee the inquiry, not least any chair or panel."
See also here for further reference to the announcement.


PDF Document Fbga submission to the Scottish Human Rights Commission InterAction, November 2014 (PDF format).

PDF Document Save the date! Scottish Human Rights Commission InterAction Open Event for Victims/Survivors, 15th December 2014 (PDF format). Also available in html here.

PDF Document Scottish Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell's statement to the Scottish Parliament concerning the Scottish Human Rights Commission InterAction plan and with regard to a national inquiry into historical abuse in Scotland, 11/11/2014 (PDF format).

PDF Document Scottish Human Rights Commission press release following the Scottish Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell's statement to the Scottish Parliament, 11/11/2014 (PDF format).

Child sex abuse inquiry planned for Scotland. A plan to hold public inquiry into historical child abuse in Scotland is being prepared by the Scottish Government. By Tom Peterkin, Scotland on Sunday, 09/11/2014.

Child abuse victims hail major step forward in fight for justice. Glasgow Herald article by Robbie Dinwoodie and Daniel Sanders, Tuesday 28 October 2014.

PDF Document Notes from a meeting between FBGA and other victims-survivors and Scottish Government Ministers to highlight the case for implementation of the InterAction Summary Plan, 13/08/14 (PDF format).

PDF Document Victims of Abuse in new bid for Justice Scots abused in children's homes to seek compensation through the English Courts. Scottish Sunday Mail, 20th July 2014 (PDF format). Also available in html here.

PDF Document New Head and Members appointed to National Confidential Forum. June 30, 2014 (PDF format). Also available in html here.

Scottish Parliament debates the historical abuse issues. Official report of the meeting of 30th April 2014, pages 43 to 53.

PDF Document The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance magazine. On page 8 is an article submitted by FBGA about why independent advocacy is so important for Scottish historical abuse victims-survivors to realise their individual rights (PDF format).

 
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