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Phase 8: “Residential accommodation for young offenders and children and young persons in need of care and protection”

Press Release

This announcement provides further information about a Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) future case study.


Public hearings about the abuse of children in residential accommodation for young offenders and children and young persons in need of care and protection will begin in the second half of 2023.


The focus of this case study is residential accommodation provided or used by the state between 1930 and 2014 in relation to its responsibility to accommodate (a) young offenders under the age of 18 (and children and young persons under 18 awaiting trial), and (b) children and young persons under 18 in need of care and protection.


Thirty-nine establishments have now been confirmed as being included in the case study. They are:

Name of Establishments


Dr Guthrie’s Girls

St Andrew’s, Shandon



St Euphrasia’s/ Dalbeth/Good Shepherd Centre


Glenochil (Detention Centre and YOI)

St John Bosco’s, Aberdour

Barlinnie (Borstal and YOI)

Kerelaw (Residential and Secure)

St John’s, Springboig

Balnacraig, Perth


St Joseph’s, Tranent


Langlands Park

St Katharine’s and Howdenhall/Gilmerton/Liberton Assessment Centre and Edinburgh Secure Services (ESS)



St Mary’s Kenmure, Bishopbriggs



St Mungo’s, Mauchline



St Ninian’s, Gartmore



St Philip’s, Plains

Calder House

Oakbank School, Aberdeen

Thornly Park, Paisley

Cardross Park


Tynepark School, Midlothian

Dr Guthrie’s Boys

Rossie/Rossie Farm

Wellington, Penicuik


Lady Smith, Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said: “Many people have already come forward and we are making good progress with our investigations.


“We would encourage anyone with relevant information to get in touch with the Inquiry’s witness support team as soon as possible.


“We are particularly keen to hear from former residents, former staff, managers and those involved in inspections.”


SCAI’s investigations into this area of residential care have been ongoing throughout the life of the Inquiry. The case study will look at:


  • Residential establishments in Scotland used as approved schools, List D schools, secure accommodation, remand homes, and assessment centres; and
  • Borstal institutions, remand institutions, detention centres and young offenders’ institutions run by the Scottish Prison Service


SCAI has been investigating abuse at those establishments between 1930 and 2014 and continues to do so. They were managed by a range of providers including local authorities, religious bodies, voluntary bodies, and the Scottish Prison Service.


The case study will explore the nature and extent of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse including consideration of the use of corporal punishment, restraint, and segregation.


The reporting of abuse and the impact of abuse form part of SCAI’s investigations, as do staff recruitment, training, and culture and they will also be explored during the case study.


The Inquiry’s witness support team can be contacted on 0800 0929 300, or emailed at talktous@childabuseinquiry.scot


Individuals can also write to the Inquiry by post at SCAI, PO Box 24202, Edinburgh EH3 1JN.