Child abuse victims asked to speak out at inquiry
|24 March 2016
The independent inquiry set up to investigate the abuse of children in care in Scotland has made its first formal call for survivors of abuse to come forward and share their experiences.
Those who suffered abuse as children in residential or foster care and who wish to provide evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, are being asked to make contact by email, post or, from Tuesday 29 March, through a dedicated freephone number. Susan O’Brien QC, who is chairing the inquiry, confirmed it would start hosting evidence gathering meetings in April. The inquiry has already heard evidence from some elderly and seriously ill people. Those who wish to give evidence will initially have the opportunity to have their evidence heard in private and recorded anonymously by experienced and specially trained lawyers. Public hearings will begin in November.
Those who wish to make contact with the inquiry can do so either by email, email@example.com, by post, Scottish Child Abuse inquiry, PO Box 24085, Edinburgh EH7 9EA or by telephone from 29 March onwards, 0800 0929 300.