Response to public inquiry into historical abuse of children in care

WithScotland | 19 December 2014

The Public Awareness Advisory Group for Child Protection in Scotland welcomes the recent announcement from Scottish Government that a public inquiry is to be launched into historic abuse within institutional settings. 

Everyone has the right to be protected from harm and we are encouraged that this inquiry will lead to greater protection of children in the care system. However, we must remember that child abuse does not just occur within institutional settings, it can happen anywhere. 

Anne Houston is Chair of the Scottish Child Protection Committee Chairs Forum (SCPCCF) and a member of the Advisory group. She urges that we are all vigilant:

"With the festive season fast approaching, for many children it is a time of great excitement, but others are not so lucky. Many suffer from or live in fear of abuse and this often takes place within the family setting, from the very people who should be protecting them from harm. 

If you are worried that a child in your community is at risk, please report your concern to the local council. Details for how to do this can be found on the public information page of the WithScotland website

If you fear a child is in immediate danger, call 999 and report it to the police. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our children safe."  

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