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Historical abuse of children in care Inquiry 02/06/2015 The Scottish Government announced last week that Susan O’Brien QC will chair the statutory national public Inquiry into historical abuse of children in care.

Historical abuse of children in care Inquiry

The Scottish Government announced last week that Susan O’Brien QC will chair the statutory national public Inquiry into historical abuse of children in care.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, Angela Constance, 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. 

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