Phase 8: “Residential accommodation for young offenders and children and young persons in need of care and protection”
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
St Joseph’s, Tranent
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
Oakbank School, Aberdeen
Thornly Park, Paisley
Tynepark School, Midlothian
Dr Guthrie’s Boys
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.