What we do

The work of the Inquiry

Our task has been set by the Scottish Ministers and written down in what are called our “Terms of Reference”. Only the Scottish Ministers can change the Terms of Reference. The Chair does not have the power to do so.

In summary, we are looking at the abuse of children in care in Scotland. We look at what happened, why and where abuse took place, the effects of abuse on children and their families and whether the organisations responsible for children in care failed in their duties. We look at whether any failures have been corrected and if changes to the law, policies or procedures are needed.

At the end of the Inquiry we will publish a report with recommendations. We must present the report to the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament.

For information about what we do, recent news, our protocols and application forms, you can check this website. Or you can contact our witness support team: