Scottish CSA survivors organise vigil in memory of all the children who lost their lives.

Child abuse survivors organise gathering in Edinburgh

29th May 2017


BRAVE survivors of historic child abuse in Scotland will gather for a poignant vigil to remember victims who have lost their lives.

They will be joined  by survivors from Northern Ireland as well as politicians from both Scotland and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The service will be held outside The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry building in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning.

At 1pm survivors will gather to take part in a minute’s silence to remember youngsters whose lives have been taken by abusers, and those who have died without gaining justice for the crimes committed against them.

Organisers from campaign group S.A.F.E will hold a minute’s silence for victims of child sex abuse

Organisers from campaign group S.A.F.E will hold a minute’s silence for victims of child sex abuse

Organisers from campaign group S.A.F.E said: “The Vigil has been arrange to coincide with the beginning of evidence taking at the inquiry. Survivors from the campaign group who have organised the vigil want to encourage as many people who have been affected by historic abuse to come forward and give evidence to the inquiry.”

Over the last couple of months we’ve told how Scottish football was rocked by revelations of historic child sex abuse.

Former footie starlets have come forward to claim they were sexually assaulted and even raped by coaches and match officials.

Last week TV weatherman Fred Talbot was found guilty of a string of vile sex attacks on seven young boys during his time as a teacher.

The beast, 67, had been on trial at Lanark Sheriff Court accused of indecently assaulting nine boys during camping trips in Scotland between 1978 and 1981.

Stone Roses singer Ian Brown even took to the stand to tell the jury Talbot molested his friend during one of the trips.

A jury found Talbot guilty of seven charges and he is facing jail when he is sentenced next month. Talbot showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out.


  1. Scottish Paedophilia: Institutions, Care Homes & Schools  {last updated 20/04/17}
  2. Survivors call for action to find Scotland’s missing victims ahead of historic abuse inquiry

27th May 2017

Fife abuse victim to hold ‘vigil’ outside Scottish child abuse inquiry

22nd May 2017


A newly formed group of survivors of childhood abuse in care is planning a vigil in Edinburgh at the public launch of an inquiry expected to be Scotland‘s largest ever.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) will begin to hear evidence in public from May 31st, when campaigners say they will hold a vigil to help raise awareness of its work.

The new group SAFE (Seek and Find Everyone abused in childhood) is calling on politicians and the inquiry team itself to support a minute’s silence for abuse victims and says its aim is to encourage more people to come forward and give evidence to the inquiry.

However critics said that if people were already in two minds about revealing that they had been abused, the presence of a demonstration outside the venue for the inquiry was more likely to put them off.

The inquiry, which has so far cost more than £5.7 million, is charged with investigating abuse within state care at any time in the living memory of victims. This includes physical and sexual abuse, but also psychological and spiritual abuse, and settings range from council-run residential schools and children’s homes to church and charity-run projects and foster care.

Dave Sharp, who was raped and sexually and physically abused as a child in the notorious St Ninian’s home run by the Christian Brothers in Fife, said too little effort had been put into publicising the inquiry, amid concerns only around 200 historic abuse survivors had come forward to give testimony.

“The plan is for the vigil to be from 9am till 5pm,” he said. “At 1pm we will all stop for a minutes silence to remember all the children whose lives were lost or taken because of child abuse and also to remember all the survivors who died without ever seeing justice. What we are asking for is the leaders of all the political parties in Scotland to join us and for the first minister to light the first candle and hopefully lay a wreath or a bunch of flowers in memory of all the lost children.”

The SCAI has used leaflets and radio advertisements to publicise it’s work, but Mr Sharp criticised efforts to advertise for participants, and said the inquiry should involve abuse survivors to encourage other victims to come forward. He added:

“Just before last Christmas John Swinney, the cabinet secretary with responsibility for the abuse inquiry, said that there are roughly 2500 survivors of historical institutional child abuse in Scotland. But we’re asking what has been done to find them. Survivors are looking for people who understand and have been through their vulnerabilities and uncertainties and S.A.F.E wants to help them find a path to justice and to have their voice heard.”

Janine Rennie, chief executive of abuse charity Wellbeing Scotland backed the call, adding:

“John Swinney referred to over 2000 people abused in care and Police Scotland have mentioned closer to 5000. The Inquiry has seen extremely low numbers in comparison to that figure and therefore cannot be seen as reflecting the scale or impact of abuse in Scotland. By finding survivors by making them feel supported to come forward S.A.F.E. will ensure the lost voices are heard.”

However Helen Holland, of the charity In Care Abuse Survivors Scotland said she was concerned vigils and demonstrations outside the inquiry’s headquarters in the west end of Edinburgh could deter some people from coming forward.


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Watchdog is accused of failing victim of child abuse #CSA #Scotland


SCOTLAND’S social care watchdog has been accused of failing a victim of historic child abuse amid weak attempts to investigate his case.

When 48-year-old Richard Tracey asked the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to take action against the worker who left him to be abused in care 35 years ago, it deliberated for a year before telling him it would not act against the man – who is still working.

The SSSC said it would not only have to prove Hugh Quinn did not protect Mr Tracey, but also that his actions “fell short of the standard expected” of social workers at the time.

The Dundee-based watchdog said:

“We have been unable to obtain any polices or procedures that were in place at Strathclyde Regional Council during the period in question.”

However, research by The Herald has found otherwise.

A phone call and visit to the City Archives at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, were all it took to view a series of documents setting out the standards required of social work in the 1970s and 1980s.


Mr Tracey said he and other abuse survivors had been routinely misled and deceived by public bodies.

“The SSSC should be hanging their heads in shame that you were able to find so quickly what they didn’t want to find,” he said.

Former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, MSP, who is familiar with Mr Tracey’s case, said the SSSC had failed to do the basics.

“They don’t appear to have looked at the evidence,” she said.

“Their response feels dismissive as if they have put this in a box marked ‘too hard’. But if it is not their job, then whose is it?”


Dropping Mr Tracey’s complaint, earlier this month, SSSC solicitor Iain Martin said:

“We are unable to prove what standard Mr Quinn should have met and cannot establish that any action he did take… fell below what any other social worker might have done in the same situation.”

But Strathclyde Regional Council’s social work policies manual for 1977 was current in the early 1980s when his social work records note Mr Tracey was being “leathered” and regularly beaten by his foster father, running away from home and regularly expressing distress.

It states that if children suffer non-accidental injury social workers must interview their parents or other carers, visit the child and record any injuries, and ensure they are checked over at hospital if necessary.

They should consider whether the child needs to be taken to a place of safety and, if the child is still in the family home, decide whether it is safe for the child to remain there.

Another document

“Child abuse – The manual of procedures for staff in the social work department, Strathclyde Regional Council”

was published in March 1983, when Mr Tracey was regularly running away and cutting himself because he was unhappy at home.

The council’s policies set out rules in cases where child abuse is suspected, such as the need to consider a place of safety order, alerting the police and the need for a child abuse case conference.

The document explicitly reminds social workers:

“It must be remembered that child abuse can occur not only to children in their own homes but also… in substitute care.

“The same degree of diligence must be applied in all cases.”

It says any deviation from the guidelines must be justified fully and countersigned by a senior manager. Many of these rules appear to have been regularly ignored in Mr Tracey’s case.

An SSSC spokesperson said the earliest child abuse procedures it had been able to obtain were for 1989.

“We were advised that this was the earliest version available. We were not aware that the documents were in the Mitchell Library archive and will now take steps to recover and review them.”

Survivors call for action to find Scotland’s missing victims ahead of historic abuse inquiry

Dave Sharp, survivor and spokesperson for SAFE, is campaigning for justice


3 days ago


SURVIVORS of historic sexual abuse are today making a plea for more to be done to find Scotland’s missing abuse victims.

Seek and Find Everyone Abused in Childhood, also known as SAFE, has made the call to action with only two weeks left before the formal inquiry into historic abuse starts taking evidence.

SAFE, a group of survivors who have set aside their own time and money to campaign on this issue, want to send a message to all those survivors who are too afraid to speak out.

Survivor and spokesperson for SAFE, Dave Sharp, said: “We understand that victims are looking for like-minded people to connect with. Survivors are looking for people who understand their vulnerabilities and uncertainties and SAFE wants to help them find a path to justice and to have their voice heard.”

Sharp explained that just before last Christmas John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary with responsibility for the abuse inquiry, said that there are roughly 2500 survivors of historical institutional child abuse in Scotland but he wants to know what he has done to find them.

“It’s so important that as many people as possible come forward and we need the help of politicians but also of communities across the country to make that happen,” he added.

“Not only is this the last chance for many old people who have suffered for years to have their voice heard, it is also the best time for survivors to come forward because there are more professional bodies than ever before to help and that is the message we want to give out.

“Some of us met with the police earlier this year and we were assured that they have the resources and the manpower to deal with survivors, and to pass them onto organisations that can walk with them through the process of having their voice heard and seeking justice.”

Sharp’s calls were backed by Mary Robertson, a survivor of family and in-care abuse.

She said: “Thousands of people are still living in shame and fear that their secret will get out. The shame is not theirs to bear. When I first disclosed and felt believed a great burden was lifted from me. I started to look people in the eye, when previously I was scared and felt I had a huge label on my head. Future generations should not have to suffer with the shame like I did for many years.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said: “The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been engaging with survivors through private sessions for many months and is also taking evidence from others with valuable information. It is currently investigating 69 institutions as part of its initial investigations.

“As Lady Smith stated at the preliminary hearing, we will not be sharing the numbers of those contacting the inquiry on an ongoing basis. We have been pleased with the response to date but, importantly, as work of the inquiry continues, we still want to hear from people who have been affected.

“We would encourage anyone who has relevant information, whether they have been abused themselves or know others who have, to get in touch.”

SAFE’s campaign to find Scotland’s missing voices was also given full backing by leading abuse charity Wellbeing Scotland.

Wellbeing’s chief executive Janine Rennie said: “John Swinney referred to over 2000 people abused in care and Police Scotland have mentioned a figure closer to 5000. The Inquiry has seen extremely low numbers come forward in comparison to that figure and therefore cannot be seen as reflecting the scale or impact of abuse in Scotland.”

The Scottish Government said that ministers meet survivors and their representatives regularly, and that, where permission was given, those involved are being updated on progress made.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “We have worked incredibly closely with survivors, particularly in recent years as we have established one of the widest-ranging public inquiries Scotland has ever seen and transformed the support available to adults who were abused as children.

“Ministers meet survivors and their representatives regularly. We carried out a large-scale consultation, which allowed people to take part online, in person at numerous events across the country and via a special phone line and received responses from across Scotland and abroad. And where permission for further contact was given, we have kept those involved updated on the progress in this area.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said: “The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been engaging with survivors through private sessions for many months and is also taking evidence from others with valuable information. It is currently investigating 69 institutions as part of its initial investigations.

“As Lady Smith stated at the preliminary hearing, we will not be sharing the numbers of those contacting the Inquiry on an ongoing basis. We have been pleased with the response to date but, importantly, as work of the Inquiry continues, we still want to hear from people who have been affected. We would encourage anyone who has relevant information, whether they have been abused themselves or know others who have, to get in touch.”

Anyone wishing to contact the Inquiry can do so using the following methods

The Inquiry also keeps its website up to date with news and information about its progress and rules. The website address is

LEFT OFF LIST: #FortAugustusAbbey NOT one of schools being examined by #CSAInquiry

VICTIMS who claim they suffered horrific sexual abuse at a Scots school have been snubbed by an official inquiry – despite being backed by the PM who said they helped set it up.

When she was Home Secretary, Theresa May wrote to a former pupil of Fort Augustus Abbey school to thank him for his “invaluable” help setting up the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

But the evidence of former Scottish pupils like him who attended that infamous boarding school is now unlikely to be heard at the powerful inquiry in London.

Last week, Fort Augustus Abbey was left off the list of schools to be examined by the IICSA later this year.

The snub has prompted fury among those who claim their lives were ruined by what they experienced at the boarding school.

Last night one victim told The Sunday Post: “This has come out of the blue. We’ve been waiting a long time for the inquiry.

“The effect is devastating on our mental health. There have been a number of suicides by ex-pupils because of the abuse.”

He said former pupils are very upset at the bombshell development, especially given Prime Minister May’s earlier support.

In 2015, Theresa May wrote to one of Fort Augustus’s ex-pupils following a number of meetings between the pair where they discussed the alleged abuse he suffered.

Having set up the inquiry less than two weeks previously, she wrote: “With your help we have now established an inquiry to get to the truth about what child sexual abuse occurred in institutions across the UK and why nothing was done.”

But those words now seem empty, after lawyers for Fort Augustus Abbey pupils were contacted last week to reveal the shock evidence reversal.

Fort Augustus Abbey – which was run by an order of English monks – is at the centre of allegations of physical and sexual abuse spanning 30 years.

The exclusive Highlands school shut for good in 1993 but horrific allegations about the way pupils were treated emerged in 2013.

Last year, the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse announced those claims would be examined – despite the school being in Scotland.

There is a Scottish inquiry set up to probe similar issues north of the border called the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

But campaigners say the English inquiry has been given more clout to take action, which is why ex-pupils from Fort Augustus lobbied to be included in it.

A spokeswoman for the IICSA said the institutions to be examined were still not set in stone – despite the new proposals.

She said: “No decisions of any sort have been made about the matters to be considered at the hearing.”


Doubt on rules ends bid for sex abuse Inquiry 

7th May 2017

22 hrs ago / Stephen Naysmith, 

SCOTLAND’S social care watchdog has refused to take action against a worker who failed to protect a child from abuse in the 1980s because it says it does not know what the rules were at the time.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which registers and regulates social care workers, has told Richard Tracey it will not take his case further, because there is no record of how social workers employed by Strathclyde Regional Council were expected to respond to child abuse, while he was in care.

Officially, the SSSC says there is insufficient evidence to pursue 49-year-old Mr Tracey’s claims about the abuse he suffered from the age of five when he was placed in a large Ayrshire foster family by Kilmarnock social services.  

This is despite evidence in notes by Hugh Quinn, the social worker responsible throughout his time in care. These show Mr Quinn regularly dismissed Mr Tracey’s complaints about abuse, described him as attention seeking, and apparently failed to investigate claims of sexual abuse.

The SSSC said it was required to prove not just the facts of an allegation against a worker but “that what the worker did or did not do fell short of the standard expected of a reasonable worker in the same circumstances”.

In a letter to Mr Tracey last week, SSSC solicitor Iain Martin told him the regulator would have to prove what the standard expected of social workers at the time was, and then that Mr Quinn’s actions fell below this. He added: “We have been unable to obtain policies or procedures in place during the period in question. There was no statutory or governmental child protection guidance available at the time either.”

In a separate letter to Mr Quinn, who still works as a social worker in Ayrshire, Mr Martin said “we have decided that your fitness to practise is not impaired”.

Mr Tracey said the decision had left him furious, adding:

“It is all about protecting the establishment. It appears what happened to me is OK because there were no guidelines to say that it wasn’t.”

Experts also ridiculed the SSSC analysis. Simon Collins, the solicitor acting for In Care abuse Survivors Scotland at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “If it is the position of the SSSC reinvestigating the role of social work in the 1980s that they can’t do so because they don’t know what a social worker was meant to be doing in 1980, then the SSSC is not fit for purpose because can’t fulfil its remit. That is their only job in life. “ A spokeswoman for the SSSC said its findings had “not come across clearly”.

She added: “We are aware of what Mr Quinn’s duties were under the Social Work Scotland Act 1968 and this was considered as part of the investigation. We would expect a social worker at that time to have taken action if they had information suggesting abuse. We acknowledge this hasn’t come across clearly in the letter.

“Our investigation uncovered Mr Quinn was not aware at the time of all of the allegations being made by Mr Tracey. He was aware of some of the allegations and actions were taken. We could not prove those actions amounted to misconduct.”

ScotGov & The Child Abuse Cover Up: Hollie Greig, Robert Green, Graham Brady & Alex Salmond









when a case of rape is reported, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe it is necessary for the police to question the alleged perpetrators without delay;

when a case of rape is reported, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe it is necessary for the police immediately to search the homes of those named for corroborative evidence;

when a case of rape is reported, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe it is necessary to seize and examine the computers of those named at the earliest opportunity;

when allegations of rape are supported by evidence from well-respected medical and psychological experts who unanimously confirm not only that systematic abuse has taken place, but go so far as to name two of the most likely perpetrators, you, as representative of the Crown Office, believe it right to dismiss their testimony and allow those named to leave the country;

when a school doctor twice reports an under-age girl to be at risk, and that girl’s headmaster – one of those subsequently named as a serial rapist – consistently fails to alert the child’s mother or to take any steps to protect her, you, as representative of the Crown Office, believe this to be the normal behaviour of a responsible, and guiltless, person;

when a case of rape is reported by a girl with speech difficulties, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe it is necessary to supply her with support during police interviews, but are happy to use her handicap, in this respect, to discredit her spoken evidence;

when a case of repeated multiple gang rape over many years is reported by a young girl who also names seven fellow victims, you, as representative of the Crown Office, do not believe that, in view of the Scottish law regarding corroboration, it is absolutely essential that the police question those she has named immediately.

When an acknowledged victim of rape receives a substantial award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, you, as representative of the Crown Office, feel justified in continuing to maintain that the allegations on which this award was based were fully investigated and found to be false.

The document produced by the Police Complaints Commission for Scotland included the lines. “The position, as far as I can determine it, is that there seems a sufficiency of evidence to accept, on the balance of probability, that X was sexually abused, and that this has included penetration of her private parts. Given that X, because of her disabilities, has been closely supervised throughout her life, the perpetrator is most likely to have been someone close to her who had regular, unsupervised access.”
Re Alex Salmond’s non-compliance with the Information Commissioner until threatened with criminal proceedings: in Scotland’s only independent law magazine, The Firm, 11 July 2011, we read: ‘Last month the Scottish Ministers were compelled by the Information Commissioner to address a series of questions put to the First Minister in correspondence in relation to the (Hollie Greig) case in January this year, the first of which was: “When did you first become aware of the allegations made by Hollie Greig about her being abused by members of a high-ranking paedophile ring in Scotland?” The commissioner required the Scottish Ministers to respond by today’s date or risk being held in contempt of court.’ A letter to Robert Green from the Information Commissioner dated 10 April 2014 states: ‘I am writing in response to your letter of 6 April 2014 … in which you asked for the date on which the Commissioner issued the decision referenced in the Firm Magazine’s articles. The Commissioner’s decision was issued on 26 May 2011.’ It was not until they were under threat of criminal proceedings that the First Minister’s Office came up with an answer, saying it was impossible to give a date, since all the relevant records had been lost. However, the magazine goes on to say, ‘The Firm has seen correspondence from the Crown Office dated 23 July 2009 addressed to the Greig family’s lay representative Robert Green, which suggests that correspondence addressed to the First Minister outlining the allegations was received over two years ago.’ Re the likely validity of Hollie Greig’s claims, The Firm writes, ‘Greig received a payout of £13,500 from the criminal injuries compensation authority, and was described by Detective Inspector Iain Allen of Grampian Police as “a truthful witness to the best of her ability and an entirely innocent victim.” ‘ Ample expert witness statements from respected police and medical professionals, including Hollie’s school doctor, back up her allegations. Of 22 persons named by Hollie as abusers, only two (her father and her brother) have ever been even superficially questioned by the police. Even though her father and brother were described in a police report as having ‘a predilection for very young girls’, they were allowed to go abroad to Portugal, where they run a business connected called ‘Daisy Chain’ which involves frequent travel to and from South America. The implication of the Crown Office’s claim that ‘a thorough investigation has taken place’ is, therefore, that a thorough investigation does not require those accused by an acknowledged victim to be interrogated, nor does it require their computers to be seized or their homes searched before despoliation of evidence occurs. see original HERE   archived

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Police must be at Scotland’s first child abuse inquiry public hearings, say survivors

h.pngSurvivors of systemic sexual and physical abuse have asked Police Scotland to send officers to the first public hearings of an unprecedented inquiry.

They have also urged the independent Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to publish a detailed breakdown of spending after costs soared by more than £2m in the first three months of this year.

And there have been fresh calls to widen the inquiry to include a charity which has worked with more than 1,000 survivors but was denied “core participant” status, meaning it can’t question witnesses or view evidence.

The first phase of public hearings are scheduled to begin at the end of May, almost two years after the inquiry into historical allegations – chaired by Supreme Court judge Lady Anne Smith – was set up.

If witnesses give evidence about ongoing criminal activity the inquiry “may be obliged” to pass this to police, according to its website.

The Chief Constable of Police Scotland is a core participant but survivors’ groups have suggested that officers should also be at all hearings to listen to testimonies.

Alan Draper, who previously advised the Catholic Church on sexual abuse and now speaks for In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS) – one of the core participants in the inquiry – said: “I would hope that at the public hearings police will attend. It would certainly help, from a survivors’ point of view.

“If it is clear there’s a particular home, and a number of people are repeatedly named by survivors, we would demand that information is acted upon and potential crimes against vulnerable children are investigated.

“Equally, police could themselves have questions to answer if, for example, it emerges officers failed to take appropriate action about historical abuse, in terms of an investigation.”

Janine Rennie, Chief Executive of survivors’ support charity Wellbeing Scotland, said: “The police have a role to play, particularly the child abuse unit. Clearly they’re not going to attend each time, which means there may be a gap, and that is a concern

“I think criminal prosecutions are the way forward because survivors feel they have no access to justice. We need corroboration and if the same individual is named on a number of occasions then Police Scotland would have to take action.

“A number of perpetrators could still be at large. Survivors don’t want to look at systemic failings as much as they want justice.”

Rennie’s charity has been shut out of the inquiry after an application to be a core participant was refused.

“It seems really strange that we have not been included because we’ve worked with 1,100 survivors,” Rennie added. “They said there already were core participants that work with the same survivors, but that is not the case and we have appealed the decision.”

Meanwhile, Draper has questioned the inquiry’s failure to provide a full breakdown of spiralling costs.

The website shows that the total expenditure is £5.7m – up from £3.5m at the end of December last year – and The Sunday Herald understands there is no upper limit.

Draper said: “They’ve spent an enormous amount of money, considering no public hearings have yet taken place. The inquiry has a responsibility to spell out what this has been spent on.

“While the money should be spent, we can’t deny accountability. We would like to see a breakdown on a quarterly basis, not just a headline figure.”

The first public hearings will begin on May 31 and run until July 12. Among the organisations giving evidence will be Quarriers, Barnardo’s and various religious groups including the Sisters of Nazareth, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and the Church of Scotland.

Experts will also give statements on the legislative and regulatory framework governing children in care, the early development of care services in Scotland, societal attitudes towards children and the nature and prevalence of child abuse in Scotland.

Alan Draper of INCAS said: “Lady Smith has invited a wide range of organisations to come. Whether they’ll acknowledge the abuse that happened in establishments they had responsibility for, I don’t know.

“A lot of organisations will be tentative, in terms of publicity. I suspect they’ll be on the defensive. A lot of them have good lawyers and the tendency may be to admit nothing and deny everything.

“What survivors experience is obstruction from organisations, but we’re hopeful this inquiry will open doors so that there will be true accountability.”

David Whelan, spokesman for Former Boys and Girls Abused (FBGA) in Quarriers homes, said a reference group should have been set up by the inquiry to “allow survivor groups to collectively raise any concerns and also to have a better understanding of the inquiry process in laymen’s terms”.

Whelan added: “Some survivors are still raising concerns about barriers – including understanding the legal documents – [which] may be preventing engagement with the inquiry. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry process is clearly a legalistic process and many survivors are having real difficulty understanding the legal documents and their concepts. To someone who is non-legal these documents are difficult to understand. Any barriers – perceived or otherwise – encountered by survivors to engaging with the inquiry should be addressed as a priority.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said: “This inquiry is one of the most far reaching to have taken place in Scotland and its investigations are progressing.

“Evidence has already been gathered from many survivors through private sessions across the UK, and we continue to source information and documents from various institutions and organisations as we prepare for the first public hearings at the end of this month.

“Each week survivors get in touch with us, and we would encourage anyone who believes they have relevant information to contact us.”

The Sunday Herald also contacted core participants in the inquiry for comment.

Viv Dickenson, Director of Children and Family Services for CrossReach, the Social Care Council of The Church of Scotland, said: “As an organisation invested in continuous improvement we will be interested in the findings of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, which will examine practice as far back as the 1930s, and anything we learn during this process will be used to help us strengthen and improve our safeguarding policies in the future.”

A spokesman for Quarriers said: “We strongly believe that all survivors have the right to be heard and that Scotland should learn the lessons of its past, however painful, to ensure that all children are treated with love and compassion and have the best start in life.”

A spokeswoman for Barnardo’s said the charity would not “risk any perceived conflict of interest in making comments on issues of importance to abuse survivors”.

The Sisters of Nazareth and The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul did not respond.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland referred the Sunday Herald to two paragraphs of a lengthy statement by Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins, which was published on its website in January 2017.

“Police Scotland fully supports and is fully engaged with the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. We are grateful that Lady Smith has granted Police Scotland ‘core participant’ status.

“As the statutory agency with responsibility for criminal investigation into reports of child abuse and as a major stakeholder in the wider statutory framework regulating child protection in Scotland, we fully expect to have a significant role to play in supporting the Inquiry in fulfilment of its terms of reference.”

When the Crown Office was asked if it was participating in the enquiry, a spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service – which is responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland – confirmed no application to be a core participant in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was submitted.

He added: “We will respond as necessary when required to do so.”


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Claims of VIP paedophile ring at Scots boarding school aired at abuse inquiry

QVS is at the centre of extraordinary allegations

Sun, Apr 30, 2017

SENSATIONAL claims about a VIP paedophile ring at a prestigious Scots boarding school are to be aired at Holyrood’s child abuse inquiry.

The evidence will include claims that Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton was connected to the network, which is also said to have included leading members of the Scottish establishment.

Queen Victoria School (QVS), which is funded by the Ministry of Defence and has Prince Philip as its patron, is at the centre of the extraordinary allegations.

It was not included in the first round of boarding schools and other establishments identified by the inquiry team, sparking fears of a cover-up.

However, a former teacher at the Dunblane school who has spent decades attempting to unmask the abusers has now been invited to tell his story.


A former teacher spent decades attempting to unmask the abusers

After almost 27 years of being ignored, someone is listening and wants to know what really happened to me at QVS

Glenn Harrison

Glenn Harrison was a housemaster at QVS when he began to suspect that a shadowy cabal of powerful individuals was preying on the pupils.

However, when he tried to raise the alarm in 1991 the police responded by breaking down the door to his flat, seizing his personal papers and hauling him in to be interviewed.

Yesterday, Mr Harrison said: “After almost 27 years of being ignored, someone is listening and wants to know what really happened to me at QVS. I am pleased and eager to share the experience and emphasise the need for authorities to listen to children when they complain as well as teachers and carers especially in institutions. I hope my experience will help to create a more caring and safer environment for young people in the future.” 

After leaving QVS, Mr Harrison and his family relocated to Orkney and he made numerous attempts to have his allegations investigated over the years. 

Police Scotland detectives are investigating at least two cases of historical abuse

The case was finally referred to the Scottish Government’s historical child abuse inquiry in 2015, as revealed exclusively by this newspaper.

Earlier this month, it also emerged that Police Scotland detectives are investigating at least two cases of historical abuse linked to QVS. One of them involves former teacher Ben Philip, who died after falling from a ladder at the school in 1993.

Children of Scottish service personnel are eligible to attend QVS, which is now mixed but was an all-boys school at the time of the allegations. It is governed by a Board of Her Majesty’s Commissioners appointed by the Queen, the Scottish Secretary and the Defence Secretary.

Fife campaigner Tom Minogue, a long-time supporter of Mr Harrison, has also been invited to give evidence by the inquiry’s witness support team. He said: “I never thought we’d get to this point because of the cast of characters involved with QVS, starting with the Duke of Edinburgh as patron and running down through some of the most powerful people in the land as Her Majesty’s Commissioners.

“The great and the good don’t want us to speak about any of this, starting with the fact that Thomas Hamilton was running about the place.”

Mr Harrison’s allegations centre on a group of men who would allegedly take pupils away for weekends and return them “distressed but flush with cash”.Five years after the claims were first reported to the police, 16 children and one teacher were shot at Dunblane Primary School by evil Hamilton. To his horror, Mr Harrison recognised the fiend as a frequent visitor to QVS.In evidence submitted to the inquiry, Mr Harrison states: “When I enquired about him (as well as other unknown visitors), I was told they were ‘friends of Queen Victoria School’; I have never to this day been able to find out who these ’friends’ were.”The Cullen Inquiry later heard that Hamilton took youth clubs camping in the QVS grounds, that he arranged for an acquaintance to get a summer job at the school and that he took another man shooting at the school’s firing range.

Mr Minogue said the implications of this evidence had never been properly explored and added: “These references quite clearly corroborate Glenn’s story and show that Her Majesty’s Commissioners either didn’t know what was going on at the school they were charged with governing, or they have been less than truthful.”

An MoD spokeswoman said: “We take any allegations of this nature very seriously and any claims of historical abuse involving Queen Victoria School have been passed to the police. We will fully co-operate with their inquiries.”

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Scottish CSA survivors want own inquiry after being REPEATEDLY let down by ScotGov. #FreshStartFoundation


Survivors are planning to hold their own independent inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland.

Some victims’ groups have lost faith in the Scottish Government ’s under-fire probe and held a summit in Perth yesterday to discuss staging their own inquiry.

Andy Peacher of the Fresh Start Foundation, set up to help child sex abuse victims achieve justice, said:

“Many survivors want to give evidence but are scared – there is a lack of confidence in the system. How can the inquiry claim to be independent when it’s government funded?  We want to get all survivors together and launch our own, fully independent inquiry.”

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has already cost over £3million and is due to begin hearing testimony this month. But it has been beset with problems, with three of the original four-person committee resigning.

It is now being led solely by supreme court judge, Lady Anne Smith.

A spokesman for the SCAI stressed it was independent of the Scottish Government.

He added: “The inquiry is committed to ensuring that the experiences of survivors are central to its work.”



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About the Author: Robbie Summers is an Account Executive at Portland and was a contributor to the BBC’s general election coverage in 2015.

18 APRIL 2017

The political landscape in Scotland is unlikely to shift significantly in June, with the SNP confident of another strong showing.

The party continues to poll well ahead of any other at around 45%. With the first-past-the-post electoral system, the SNP will be confident of retaining most, although not all, of its seats at Westminster. With Nicola Sturgeon currently polling as the most popular politician in Scotland she is again likely to feature at the centre of the SNP’s campaign, despite not standing for election.

Party officials are also confident that the campaign machine, and its membership base of over 100,000 people, will be able to move seamlessly from the local election campaigns to a general election campaign.

While the SNP will likely lose a small handful of seats in June, the party could welcome the opportunity to rid itself of scandal-stricken MPs Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thomson, both of whom were suspended from the Party whip shortly after their election in 2015, and will be ineligible for selection in 2017.

The Conservatives will be hoping to build on their successes at the Scottish Parliament elections, and are likely to pick up a small handful of seats, particularly in the Borders and the north east. The big question for the Conservatives in Scotland will be whether Ruth Davidson decides to stand. However with an independence referendum potentially on the horizon, she may feel Holyrood is the best place for her to make a case for the union.



Daniel Janner, QC: My fight to defend my father’s name against the inquiry into child sexual abuse

April 27 2017

After a five-month review, the chairman of the discredited independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has dithered and finally decided to maintain a separate and bizarre strand of investigation into my late father, Lord Janner. This is another shocking decision following a catalogue of misjudgements and catastrophic failures.

My beloved father, a person of the highest repute, who devoted himself to a lifetime of public service, was wholly innocent of any wrongdoing and he was never convicted of any offence. Yet he and he alone is the only individual singled out with a separate strand. Why him? Why has the chairman, Alexis Jay, not picked on someone convicted of an offence? Why is he not placed in the Westminster strand that covers dead politicians? Why, when he is not an institution, and the inquiry is specifically tasked to investigate institutional failings?

The answer is plain as a pikestaff. The inquiry was set up in the wake of the mass hysteria following the Jimmy Savile scandal and the false allegations against the late Lord Brittan [one of the three chairmen who resigned did so because she knew Lord Brittan]. After the collapse of Operation Midland, the only politician left in the high-profile line of fire was my late father. He is seen as low-hanging fruit. An easy target for the lynch mob.

Yet the allegations against him have never been tested in cross-examination. And the inquiry has unjustly refused us the right to cross-examine the complainants. So we will face day after day of untested false allegations. It will turn into a macabre proxy criminal trial while my late father lies in his grave unable to answer back.

I believe that they are false allegations, which is why my family want their evidence tested in the civil proceedings that have been launched against his estate.

My late father was not in the country when the most serious offences were said to have taken place between August 16 and 19, 1987 [when he was in Australia, as evidenced in his passport, which we possess and provided to the inquiry]. It is inconceivable that the alleged offending, if true, would have stopped in the late 1980s given the nature of paedophile offending.

Tony Butler, the retired deputy chief constable at Leicestershire police, said in 1991 that 400 witnesses were spoken to by his force and none mentioned our late father. There is not a single mention of him in any social service record, yet complainants make allegations against others. He told the BBC in 2015 that the reason there was no arrest in 1991 was “from what I can recall of the evidence, and from looking at papers now, I don’t see there was a justification to arrest Greville Janner”. All the allegations relate to Leicester. Nowhere else. My late father vigorously denied the 1991 allegations in parliament and in the Kirkwood report.

As Sir Richard Henriques observed in his report on Operation Midland: “Prominent people . . . are more vulnerable to false complaints than others . . . They are vulnerable to compensation seekers, attention seekers, and those with mental health problems. The internet provides the information and detail to support a false allegation. Entertainers are particularly vulnerable to false allegations meeting, as they do, literally thousands of attention seeking fans who provoke a degree of familiarity which may be exaggerated or misconstrued in their recollection many years later. Deceased persons are particularly vulnerable as allegations cannot be answered.”

So Professor Jay’s weak decision will bring further ridicule and undermine the integrity of the inquiry.

Sadly, it comes as no surprise, given the shambolic track record of the inquiry. Professor Jay is its fourth chairman. Numerous barristers have walked out or resigned. The inquiry has lost the support of countless genuine victims. The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association said that it had become a stage managed event and described Professor Jay as “an uninspiring leader”. Professor Jay is not competent to chair the inquiry because she is not a lawyer and unqualified to make difficult complex quasi legal decisions. She is simply out of her depth. In March, the inquiry leaked the private information of 90 people who had signed up to an “inquiry victims and survivors forum”. This was a serious betrayal of trust and a breach of the Data Protection Act 1988.

The inquiry will fail because it is unmanageable and too vast and will not tell us anything we don’t already know. It veers between a bloated expensive irrelevance and a vindictive witch-hunt which will be condemned by history.

FEB 1st 2017 Lord Janner’s family to ‘undermine’ sex abuse inquiry strand into their father after being given formal role in investigation

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APRIL 23rd 2017

Although detectives have reported 27 suspects to the Crown Office, only one man has been named as part of the massive investigation into child sexual exploitation which ended more than two years ago.

Some of the victims were as young as 10 and all of them were vulnerable young girls, with many of them living in care homes in and around Glasgow.

Failed Afghan asylum seeker Javaid Akhond is the only named individual to face justice as a result of Operation Dash. He was 20 when he was sentenced to six years in prison in 2014 for the rape and sexual abuse of children as young as 12.

Following repeated requests to Police Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), this newspaper has learned there have four convictions in total.

Why did they get it so wrong? It’s unacceptable.

Sarah Champion

However, only two abusers have been given custodial sentences and the other three individuals have not been identified while the details of their crimes remain unknown.

A police investigation named Operation Cotswold was launched in 2011 to investigate child grooming gangs in Glasgow, before it was expanded and renamed Dash two years later. It eventually involved 12 council and health board areas across the west of Scotland and finally came to an end in February 2015.

Both probes centred on ethnic minority men targeting youngsters in and around Glasgow, especially in care homes in the north of the city, and identified between 100 and 140 potential victims.

Rotherham victim on moving forward after being abused

However, six years after the probe began most of the suspects are still thought to be at large in the city and many of the children involved are still awaiting justice.

An earlier attempt to prosecute “several men” over the abuse of 26 children under Operation Cotswold failed after the young victims who had absconded from children’s homes were “reluctant” to cooperate with the police.

The delay is in stark contrast with similar cases south of the Border, where grooming gangs in Rotherham, Rochdale, Manchester, Oxford, Derbyshire and elsewhere have been brought to justice in as little as three years.

The shocking picture began to emerge in 2012, when the Rotherham abuse scandal revealed that sexual abuse of vulnerable white girls by Asian men in the Yorkshire town had been much more widespread than previously thought, partly due to the authorities’ fear of being seen as racist.

Similar stories followed across the UK, including in Glasgow where a report two years ago revealed that sexual abuse by grooming gangs was encountered as part of “day to day practice”.


The delay contrasts to the swift justice of the Rotheram abuse scandal
Last night, Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham who founded the Dare2Care child abuse campaign, admitted the apparent lack of action north of the Border was “odd”.

She added: “From my experience and talking to people from all over Britain, this crime is going on in every town and in every city.

“The numbers of both suspects and victims is not a surprise to me. What I’m surprised about, however, is that you haven’t had many prosecutions based on that. If they have identified these 27 people but nothing came of it, why did they get it so wrong? It’s unacceptable.”

Graeme Pearson, the former Labour MSP and ex-director general of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, agreed that the lack of progress was disturbing.

He added: “I am surprised that a number of cases has not already been dealt with by the courts in the intervening period and disappointed that the COPFS are unable to give out a fuller account of what happened with the result of the operation.”


A Care Inspectorate report published in January states that 139 potential victims were identified over the course of Operation Dash.

Glasgow City Council also received an update from the city’s Social Work Services and Police Scotland last September.

It said: “Glasgow had 84 children and young people identified in the operation, ranging in ages, the youngest being 10 years old and the oldest being 21 years of age. The majority of children were known to services and had active social work involvement, although there were a small number of children who were not known and who were the victims of serious sexual crimes perpetrated by adult males.

“The police investigation resulted in a total of 28 reports submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in relation to 27 individuals across the investigation. All of these individuals were male and overall the majority of suspects were assessed to be 16 to 25 years of age. Glasgow had 14 suspects who were known to Glasgow Social Work Services. There are still Court proceedings ongoing relative to Operation Dash.”

Detective Superintendent Elaine Galbraith, Police Scotland’s Child Protection lead, said Operation Dash was a multi-agency response to identify children and young people who may be at risk of sexual exploitation and offer protection, support and help.


Despite 27 people being investigated, only one has been named so far
She added: “Through the lifetime of the operation, there were occasions where evidence of criminality was identified resulting in a number of separate criminal investigations into a potential offender or offenders under the auspices of Operation Dash.

“Where there was sufficient evidence to arrest and charge an individual or individuals a report was submitted to Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for consideration of prosecution. Such investigations were undertaken by the Operation Dash enquiry team until such a point that all of the original information had been subject of multi agency assessment and there were no further lines of enquiry.

“This resulted in a number of individuals being reported to COPFS throughout the duration of the investigation.”

A spokesman for COPFS said: “As a result of the operation four men were convicted in separate cases and two of those received custodial sentences.

“Tackling such abuse has always been and will continue to be a high priority for COPFS and we have specialist prosecutors and a dedicated National Sexual Crimes Unit which has helped to give more complainers the confidence to come forward.”



YET ANOTHER Children’s Home Abuse Probe. Park Lodge, Glasgow

Officers are investigating allegations of child sex abuse at a former children’s home in Glasgow’s south side.

Anyone who worked or lived at Park Lodge Children’s Home between 1979 and 1985 has been asked to contact Police Scotland.

The care home in Calderwood Road in Newlands has now closed.

The investigation is being carried out independently from the national inquiry into child abuse in Scotland.  More than 60 institutions are being investigated under that inquiry.

Scottish Paedophilia: Institutions, Care Homes, Schools & Paedo Rings   {updated 20/04/17}


A GLASGOW care home is at the centre of a historic child sexual abuse probe by police.

Cops have confirmed they want to speak with any residents or employees of Park Lodge Children’s Care Home on Calderwood Road between 1979 and 1985. Police want to talk to to speak to anyone employed or was a resident at Park Lodge Children’s Care Home

Glasgow City Council confirmed that the care home was run by Strathclyde Regional Council in the years in question.

Responsibility for the home passed to GCC in 1996 following local government reorganisation.

It was subsequently closed in 2008.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on an on-going inquiry.

“However, we will offer police any assistance we can should they wish to get in touch.” It’s also been revealed that the Public Protection Unit in Glasgow is involved in the probe.

And detectives have asked anybody with information to contact them.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “As part of enquiries into a historical child sexual abuse investigation, Police Scotland would like to speak to anyone, who was either employed or was a resident within the Park Lodge Children’s Care Home, Calderwood Road, Glasgow between 1979 and 1985.

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Scottish Paedophilia: Institutions, Care Homes, Schools & Paedo Rings   {updated 20/04/17}



Foster child demands government apology over abuse in care


A former soldier who was beaten almost every day as a child by a foster mum he was sent to live with says the Government should say sorry to all kids boarded out in Scotland’s Highlands and islands.

Seven years ago, the then prime minister Gordon Brown apologised for a programme that saw orphaned, poor and illegitimate children sent to Australia and other British colonies.

Stewart Wilson was one of thousands of vulnerable youngsters sent to live in remote Scottish communities as part of a similar child programme known as boarding out.

And he is angry that no apology has ever been offered to him or other children like him.

Stewart Wilson, security guard at Edinburgh Castle and is in a BBC documentary to be shown in March

He had been put into care at the age of two after the death of his grandmother, who adopted him from her 15-year-old daughter, who fell pregnant after being abused by her own adopted dad.

On arriving at a remote Tiree farmhouse, Stewart remembers his foster mum, Mary Ellen McLean, telling him she was his mother now.

He says over the next four years she regularly beat him. Stewart’s story and those of others like him feature in a BBC2 documentary called Growing Up in Scotland: A Century of Childhood.

He tells how he was regularly beaten and remembers one horrific attack where the woman being paid to care for him forced his head and hands on to the burning rings of her electric cooker.

Scottish child abuse survivors could receive £200million compensation for their suffering

He said: “She came into the room and demanded to know who had stolen an orange. She dragged me into the kitchen and pushed my head down on to the hot rings. When I tried to use my hands to push myself off, she grabbed them and forced them on to the rings. I was badly burned. But there was no trip to the doctor. I just went away to greet.”

Stewart Wilson, security guard at Edinburgh Castle and is in a BBC documentary to be shown in March

He added: “A year to the day after I was taken to Tiree, a social worker came to visit and I begged him to take me back to Glasgow. I burst into tears and showed him marks and bruises on my body. He told Mary Ellen and, after he left, she beat me black and blue. I made sure never to complain to my social worker again – and lost trust totally in any adults.”

Stewart lived with Mary Ellen until the age of nine, when he was allowed to return to Glasgow.

But he didn’t settle in the city and, at the age of 12, was given a choice of living in a secure unit or returning to Mary Ellen in Tiree.

Growing Up in Scotland: A Century of Childhood is on BBC2 Scotland on Thursday at 9pm.

Child Sexual Abuse inquiry judge urged to investigate #Dunblane boarding school #CSA #QVS


Abuse inquiry judge urged to investigate Dunblane boarding school

March 5 2017, 12:01am

The Sunday Times

 Anne Smith is chairwoman of the Scottish child abuse inquiryl

The judge at the helm of an historic child abuse review in Scotland is being urged to investigate a top private school with links to the royal family.

Glenn Harrison, a former housemaster at Dunblane’s Queen Victoria School (QVS), has raised fresh concern that pupils were sexually abused by a paedophile ring during the 1980s and 1990s. He first blew the whistle 26 years ago but has written to Lady Anne Smith, chairwoman of the Scottish child abuse inquiry, making a new case for its inclusion in her review.

The prestigious school, attended by children of Scottish servicemen and women, did not feature on a list published in January that detailed more than 60 establishments under investigation.

The omission has raised eyebrows in legal circles and among child abuse campaigners who believe that there is a prima facie case for fresh examination of Harrison’s claims.

The Sunday Times understands that discussions about the school’s inclusion arose shortly after ministers announced the inquiry in October 2015. It was argued that as the independent boarding school is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), it might fall within the remit of a mirror inquiry running in England and Wales.

On Friday, a spokesman for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said its remit was to consider institutional failure to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation in England and Wales. Although the inquiry can consider failures by English and Welsh institutions outside those two countries, it said there are “no current plans to investigate issues” relating to Queen Victoria School.

The admission has prompted fresh calls for Lady Smith to include the Dunblane school in her abuse inquiry, particularly in light of Harrison’s approach. Simon Collins, a lawyer representing the charity In Care Abuse Survivors, said: “My view is that if abuse is alleged to have taken place in Scotland, then it should be considered as part of the Scottish inquiry.”

One lawyer, who asked not to be named, said it was “disgraceful” that QVS was not among the institutions named in January, which included leading private schools such as Gordonstoun and Fettes. However, a spokeswoman for the inquiry said more establishments in Scotland could yet be investigated.

Queen Victoria School, which counts the Duke of Edinburgh as its patron, has been dogged by claims that pupils were abused by high-ranking government officials since Harrison raised concern in a letter to parents in 1991.

At the time, he was convinced that young boys were in danger and claimed that a group known as Friends of QVS would often take boys away for the weekend, with the pupils returning “distressed but flush with cash”.

It was later claimed that Thomas Hamilton, the man who carried out the Dunblane massacre in 1996, was a paedophile who had close ties to the school. Several investigations, by the police and the now-defunct Scottish Schools Inspectorate, failed to find evidence to support Harrison’s concerns.

A spokeswoman from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “We are currently undertaking over 60 investigations into individual establishments. We will announce further investigations in due course. The fact that a particular establishment was not mentioned at the preliminary hearing does not mean that it will not be investigated. We would encourage anyone with relevant evidence to come forward and share their experience.”

The MoD and QVS declined to comment.



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