**PLEASE READ** FELICITY & THE SCOTTISH CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY

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 22 Oct 2015 – The Scottish Historical Child Abuse Inquiry was formally established … Felicity Cullen, Deputy Solicitor, Felicity.cullen@childabuseinquiry.scot.

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Martyn McLaughlin: Holyrood should tread carefully over child abuse inquiry


Susan O Brien has resigned less than four months after the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry s first formal call for evidence
00:00Wednesday 06 July 2016
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The victims’ trust is easily lost and after the resignation of the chairwoman, who will come forward to testify, asks Martyn McLaughlin
Trust is a fragile thing easily lost. The trust of the neglected and the persecuted is rarer still, a commodity lent in faith more often than certainty. For the victims of child abuse, the decision to step out from shadows that span the length of a lifetime is an act of fortitude. Trust is the most precious thing they have. Sometimes, it is all they have left.

These prisoners of childhood are well acquainted with betrayal. Robbed of innocence, they have seen their torment denied and trivialised. That they can find the strength to rely on the authorities that so grievously failed them is nothing short of a miracle.


They give their trust in the hope that it is a means to an end in the long journey towards justice, accountability and redress. Squander it and they are betrayed once more.

Hemingway once said the best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. What conclusion have the victims of child abuse in Scotland arrived at this week as they watch the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry spiral into disarray, less than four months after its first formal call for evidence?

Back then, its chair, Susan O’Brien QC, issued a six-page long address, the essence of which could be found in the third from last paragraph. “I am asking survivors to help us, by telling us what happened to them,” she said. Now, she is gone, just a week after her fellow panel member, Professor Michael Lamb, tendered his resignation. Who now will come forward to testify before such an anarchic set up?

The inquiry, tasked with poring over tens of millions of documents and gathering evidence from those who suffered abuse as children in residential or foster care, is at grave risk of failing before it has begun. So far, it has cost £1,113,817, a figure that is expected to be dwarfed by the final bill, likely to exceed £12m. Just one panel member remains – Glenn Houston, chief executive of Northern Ireland’s Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority – and even then, there are well-founded doubts over his future.

In May, he wrote to the education secretary, John Swinney, warning of a “significant risk of loss of public trust and confidence in the integrity of this inquiry should the chair be removed from office.” The fact Ms O’Brien chose to jump before she was pushed is unlikely to have addressed his misgivings.

Some 12 years after former first minister Jack McConnell made a “sincere and full” apology to the victims of abuse in children’s homes, and nearly a decade since the then SNP minority government announced a form of truth commission on historical abuse, the current turmoil seems scarcely believable. Getting this far has taken considerable time and political will, yet even before the inquiry has held its first public meeting, questions must surely be asked of whether its existing structure is fit for purpose.

Both Ms O’Brien and Mr Lamb have accused the Scottish Government of interfering in the inquiry’s work to the extent that its independence can no longer be guaranteed. The former claims a request to replace a government employee with an external solicitor has been blocked, while Mr Lamb said officials have questioned the inquiry’s decisions to date and meddled “in ways large and small, directly and indirectly”.

Urgent steps are being taken to seek a new chair and panel member, but the small pool of experts from which such individuals can be drawn would be excused for politely declining any approach, for fear of being unable to fulfil their role. At the present time, it is about as inviting and secure as being asked by Mark E Smith to join The Fall.

For his part, Mr Swinney yesterday indicated the friction centred around whether it was necessary for members of counsel to take all the statements from survivors at a cost of about £100 an hour. It is to be expected that a former finance secretary should advocate a shrewd approach to an inquiry that will be the costliest in Scottish history, but before digging their heels in, Mr Swinney and his civil servants ought to have considered the ultimate price of their prudence.

This is not a major capital project or a scheme that falls under the Non-Profit Distributing programme. It is a highly sensitive inquiry that has been decades in the making. Controlling expenditure is important but it is not paramount. Many victims of abuse have died waiting for answers. Others still with us have abandoned all hope. The events of the past week will regrettably add to their number.

An inquiry of this nature is entirely dependent on the integrity of its process . The acrimony of recent days has caused devastating, perhaps irreparable damage. As Helen Holland from the In Care Survivors group pointed out, the people most affected by the upheaval are the survivors themselves, the very people who should be protected.

There is still time for Mr Swinney to put things right. A concurrent inquiry in England and Wales was mired in controversy until Home Secretary Theresa May took the decision to expand its terms of reference and grant it new statutory powers. It was an imperfect solution, but one that addressed concerns the inquiry could go about its work without fear or favour.

The Scottish Government must give careful thought to its next step. Replacing Ms O’Brien and Mr Lamb will achieve little if underlying worries over the constitution of the inquiry are not tackled.

The trust of the victims must not only be restored, but vindicated. They deserve nothing less.  http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/martyn-mclaughlin-holyrood-should-tread-carefully-over-child-abuse-inquiry-1-4170083

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Former child abuse inquiry chair Susan O’Brien loses damages claim against Scottish Government

Susan O’Brien’s claim ministerial interference breached her rights is thrown out of court

A judge has ruled a compensation claim by the former chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry should be dismissed

Susan O’Brien QC quit the troubled inquiry last year after it emerged she faced ministerial intervention to remove her.

She then raised an action for damages at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.


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O’Brien claimed ministerial intervention amounted to a breach of contract. In her resignation letter, O’Brien said government interference had left her with “no alternative” but to step down.

However, Lord Pentland called the £500,000 claim “misconceived” as he threw the case out of court yesterday.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The judge has confirmed that the decision by ministers to undertake an investigation was, in the circumstances, appropriate, proportionate and fair.

“The focus of the Scottish government remains on supporting the successful operation of the independent public inquiry.”

The Child Abuse Inquiry hearings are ongoing under new chair High Court Judge Lady Smith.

https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/former-child-abuse-inquiry-chair-susan-obrien-loses-damages-claim-against-scottish

Child Sex Abuse Evidence Lost By ‘Equipment Breakdowns’

16th Jan 2017

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15025564.Abused_children_are_let_down_every_day_by_faulty_equipment/      http://archive.is/4tYbG


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Charity fails to provide records for 40 years of child abuse #Quarriers

The Quarriers organisation told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry it had been unable to find punishment books or minutes

A charity has claimed it has no relevant records of child abuse from a 40-year period during which its staff physically and sexually assaulted young residents.

The Quarriers organisation, founded to offer a “loving family” to orphaned and destitute children, told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry it had been unable to find punishment books or minutes from any postwar senior management meeting where the abuse of children was discussed, until the closure of its children’s facility in 1989.

Yet over the same period, four men and three women who worked at Quarriers village in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, were convicted of sexual and physical abuse. More than 20 former residents have made complaints of abuse dating to the 1970s.

Campaigners questioned whether records had been destroyed on purpose.

Dave Whelan, who lived in Quarriers from 1969 to 1974, and was abused by staff, said he was shocked by evidence provided by Alice Harper, the charity’s chief executive.

“I think given the timescale of where the records are missing, and the amount of convictions in that timescale, it makes me really seriously concerned,” Mr Whelan said. “Were they destroyed on purpose? Certainly it was negligent.

“I believe [punishment books] existed because in law they had to keep them [but] there are no punishment books, no records of regulation by the state.

“It is a systemic failure about the oversight of the organisation.”

Quarriers village, founded by William Quarrier in 1871, had 43 houses, which for long periods housed more than 1,000 children between them, every year. Until the 1960s boys and girls lived separately. Boys were under the care of a house father and a house mother (usually a married couple), while girls were looked after by a house mother and house auntie.

The inquiry heard that house mothers and fathers required no formal childcare training until the 1960s and were employed on the basis that they were good Christians and wanted to work with children.

James Peoples, counsel for the inquiry, said: “In practice, house parents enjoyed a very large measure of autonomy for a very long time.”

Ms Harper agreed and accepted that there had been “a significant lack of training and supervision in childcare”.

She added: “Nothing I’ve read or researched shows an understanding of a child’s emotional or psychological needs.”

The inquiry heard that one of the seven convicted offenders, jailed about 12 years ago, had been accused of abuse by a child in the 1980s. The child was referred to a psychologist, but in the end their story was not believed, Ms Harper said.

Mr Whelan said he had no doubt that contemporary records still exist from the 1970s of allegations of child abuse.

He said: “A number of children did report abuse to the superintendent in my time. My sister reported it. There is a psychologist’s report in my sister’s file that records she reported it. It talks about how the house parents treated her and myself very harshly.

“The inquiry needs to get someone to go in to look at these records.”

A letter from the chairman of the Quarriers senior board, dated 1937, demonstrated that “autonomous” and largely unsupervised house parents were capable of extreme brutality and corporal punishment

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/charity-fails-to-provide-records-for-40-years-of-child-abuse-6sc5t7vr8

Children had to bow and salute to care home staff #Quarriers

A CHILDREN’S home where staff were convicted of sexual and physical abuse was warned of giving children decades ago, an inquiry has heard.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh heard that the Quarriers Home was contacted by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a donor and a visitor over concern over “thrashings” as far back as 1937 but there is no record of any action.

Children in the home near Bridge of Weir hat housed mainly children from the Glasgow area were expected to bow or salute to their superiors, the inquiry heard.

It also heard that seven house mothers and fathers – those looking after the children – were convicted of physical and sexual abuse after the year 2000 for crimes against 23 children between 1955 to 1981.

Eighteen females and five males were targeted in that catalogue of abuse.

The, inquiry heard there was evidence pointing to children being punished for wetting the bed and being locked in cupboards, while the organisation’s rules outline how many times to strike a child whether on the hands for a girl or both hands and posterior through normal clothing for a boy – up to eight times with a strap for a boy over 14 at one stage.

In a letter from chairman of the official called James Kelly wrote to all to house parents about “thrashings”.

He wrote, in 1937: “Severe thrashing not only makes nervous wrecks of some boys, it hardens others and produces defiance rather than penitence.”

He added that “thrashing is loathsome and unnecessary”.

James Peoples QC, inquiry senior counsel, said: “Even then there was a concern, by the standards of the time, that there was excessive corporal punishment being meted out?”

Alice Harper, Quarriers chief executive, told the inquiry: “Yes.”

Children were often not believed.

The hearing before Lady Smith heard the Quarriers, one of Scotland’s best known homes of the last century that looked after thousands of vulnerable children, have not been able to provide one completed logbook that includes punishment records, despite it being in the organisation’s rules, or standing orders.

The inquiry also heard house fathers and mothers were not necessarily trained or had any qualifications until the 1960s.

Alice Harper, Quarriers chief executive, said that the only requirement was that the couples or individuals had “Christian values and a love of and an interest in children”.

The village of about 43 cottages first opened in 1878 and was later named after its founder William Quarrier.

Many of the children were also send abroad.

There was no formal interview process for house parents at one stage, but perhaps a reference from doctor or clergyman would aid employment.

An empty logbook of a kind used between and 1958 and 1988 which required details of punishments given to children was given to the inquiry but none was available from this entire period.

No records of inspections were available.

James Peoples said: “Is there any evidence that the organisation at any stage took an organisational decision to not retain those records, this particular form of records, like logbooks and punishment books?”

She said: “We have not been able to find any evidence that there 15 has been an instruction to destroy the records.”

Mr Peoples outlined the description in the standing orders at one point of “the objectionable habits of children who are bed wetters and soiling their bed and wearing apparel are very difficult to cure.

“The utmost sympathy is felt for the house mothers who have to deal with the consequent inconvenience”.

The rules add: “In dealing with such cases house fathers and house mothers should consider how they would handle the same condition if the children were their own.

A line in bold in updated 1944 rule book directs against making children sleep on rubber sheets.

At its peak in 1930 the village had 43 cottages housing a total of 1400 children in total.

The inquiry continues.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15375525.Children_had_to_bow_and_salute_to_care_home_staff/

Plea from headteacher to 3,000 former pupils: Did you suffer child abuse at Gordonstoun?

A prestigious school rocked by child abuse allegations has contacted more than 3,000 former pupils in an effort to uncover historic offences.

Allegations of Gordonstoun pupils being abused first became public two years ago. A number of ex-pupils at its junior school, Aberlour House, claimed they were preyed on by teachers during the 1980s and early 1990s. 

Since then, staff have been helping police with their investigation.

And now it has emerged the school has been in touch with thousands of former pupils to ask them to report any abuse they may have suffered while studying there.

Principal Lisa Kerr said it was important to “learn the lessons of the past” in order to ensure the abuse never happened again.

She said: “We have been incredibly proactive in contacting our alumni and saying ‘if you had a bad experience please come forward’.

“If things happened which were criminal, we want them reported to the police, and investigating officers have been very supportive.”

Gordonstoun – where several members of the Royal family have studied – is one of several independent schools in Scotland named by judge Lady Smith, who is conducting a national inquiry into historical abuse.

Writing in the most recent alumni magazine, the school’s chairwoman, Eve Poole, expressed her support for the Scottish abuse inquiry and included its contact details.

Historic sex abuse allegations were first made against the school on a private Facebook page set up by former students, and became public in 2015.

One student claimed she was raped as a 12-year-old on a school camping trip, while another claimed he was assaulted in his dormitory at Aberlour House in 1990 after getting injured in a rugby game.

Now school bosses say there are measures in place to ensure any evidence of bullying or abuse will be immediately detected.

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But Ms Kerr said that its leaders needed to know about events of the past to ensure they were not repeated.

She added: “There is not an organisation in the country that could not put its hand on its heart and say things had happened in the past which they wish did not.

“That’s a matter for sadness and regret in society as a whole.

“What we are doing here is giving as much attention and care to people who did not have a happy time in the past as pupils in our care do today.

“For us, it’s not about trying to brush anything under the carpet, it is quite the opposite.

“We cannot give the kind of care we have here today if we try to pretend that the past did not happen, we have to be open about it.

“I am determined to do that, and I hope it will give people the confidence to come forward.”

Ms Kerr, who was appointed last year as Gordonstoun’s first female principal, said she is proud of the support and care given to students at the school today.

A computer system allows information to be shared about any pupil who may be showing signs of distress or “unusual behaviour”.

Each pupil is assigned a staff supervisor, a group leader, a child protection officer and student counsellor – a system that has been approved by the Care Inspectorate.

The school, founded in 1934, taught Prince Charles and brothers Andrew and Edward, along with other members of the royal family.

Former pupils also include Lossiemouth’s Olympic gold medal-winning rower Heather Stanning.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1275544/gordonstoun-contacts-3000-pupils-amid-child-abuse-claims/

PRESS & JOURNAL 26th June 2017

Yet they believe in God?! #Smyllum #Lanark

Presumably they have evidence that PROVES his existance… 

 

Heart-rending allegations of decades of maltreatment at Lanark’s former Smyllum Orphanage featured in the very first sitting of what will be a marathon inquiry into historical child abuse in Scotland.

Nearly four decades after the institution closed its doors, the now-ageing former occupants of the orphanage finally had their long-awaited day in court as the Scottish child abuse inquiry got under way in Edinburgh last week.

 

But it is understood that there is anger among those who term themselves ‘survivors’ of Smyllum Orphanage at some of the evidence given at the hearing by members of the religious order that ran the institution, the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul.

 

There were audible groans from the public benches at their claims that Smyllum’s punishment and medical records could not now be found despite a search of the order’s archives.

 

The inquiry also heard that surviving nuns on the staff remembered the orphanage as “a happy place”.

The leader of the order in Britain, Ellen Flynn, said that they “can find no evidence” of any abuse of children in their care in Lanark, only conceding that she was “appalled to think something had happened” and was “very sorry” if any of the many allegations were true.

She also remarked that the now-elderly Smyllum nuns were “nervous” about the inquiry into alleged events there in the 1950s and 1960s, including a claim that one child died after a beating by a sister.

Sister Flynn said that accusations of abuse had been made against “a deceased individual” and that her order had co-operated with all police investigations, adding that “our attitude is one of seeking the truth”.

Some of the evidence heard at the opening hearing came from beyond the grave.

It was in the form of the written testimony of Frank Docherty, who died aged 73 shortly before the inquiry he’d sought for decades finally got under way.

A Smyllum orphan in the 1950s, he said his time there had left lifelong scars.

He wrote: “The way we were treated took away our self-esteem and was emotionally damaging. Throughout my life, I have had to put up a front to people, so people have not seen the real me.

“My childhood was taken away from me.”

The initial six weeks of the inquiry, set up by the Scottish Government, will hear evidence from organisations accused of abuse.  http://www.carlukegazette.co.uk/news/nuns-could-find-no-evidence-of-abuse-at-smyllum-lanark-1-4482570

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The need for truth and apologies

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The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is now underway to the point where Lady Smith, the Chair, is hearing witnesses on behalf of different organisations involved in residential child care in Scotland within living memory. Many organisations within Scotland have been asked to report to the Inquiry and to give details about their involvement in such care, the Church is among them.

At the moment, the Inquiry seems to be examining the broad picture and learning about structures and how children came to be under the care of different establishments.

The work of the Inquiry will be complex and lengthy and will inevitably involve difficult press coverage for the Catholic Community. For that reason, I hoped that the Catholic Media would be a great resource in explaining the evidence given to the Inquiry in a way which helped Catholics understand the truth. I found myself fundamentally disagreeing with the angle which last week’s SCO used in covering the story of my testimony to that Inquiry. This article is designed to help clarify the story.

From the beginning, the Bishops of Scotland have been unanimous in their desire to assist and cooperate with the Inquiry and created a group which would prepare materials and respond on the bishops’ behalf. As a member of that group, I found myself standing in the Inquiry’s hearing room recently, raising my hand and swearing to tell the truth. Unfortunately, the SCO headline and story was presented last week, didn’t serve the complexity of the truth I tried to tell.

The Church in Scotland has apologised for the fact that children in our care suffered abuse, an apology re-expressed in our opening statement, acknowledging “An overwhelming sense of shame that these abhorrent crimes have occurred in the context of the Church” a sense of shame, “felt by all Catholics, by our men and women in parishes, by our religious, by our priests and deacons and by our bishops.” To understand how we came to this state of shame is important; we need to be open to examining all the aspects of the story and not looking for a one-size-fits-all theory.

In the context of discussing the way the Church handled accusations of abuse I was asked to reflect on a document issued by the Holy See in 1962 describing a process for dealing with such allegations. The responsibility to deal with this was the bishop’s and he was to do so by means of a Tribunal a “Church Court”. The world was changing and the Church was being asked to change too. The Church sought to engage with the modern world and to both learn from it and teach it. In the context of that opening out into the world, bishops began to use experts to advise on many matters they had handled on their own in the past. This advice included experts in psychology and therapy and they learned that many professionals believed that therapy could help and assist a person to reform and not reoffend. Since the bishops were not experts in psychology or therapy and the Church by her very nature sought to redeem and to save people, to turn them away from sin and back to God, this was welcomed. As Brother Brendan Geary noted in last week’s article, there was a mistaken belief, held very widely, that an abuser could be changed. It would take the world and the Church many years to discover how wrong that idea was. When faced with the choice of placing an abuser on trial before three Canonical (priest) Judges who had no formation in psychology or psychiatry or placing them into long term intensive therapy with experts guiding them to “change their ways”, the answer seemed obvious. It was equally obvious to the legal authorities, that on occasion that this was the appropriate response to a reported crime.

Nowadays it is obvious that abusers do not change, they are incurable and cannot be trusted, sadly and tragically that was only learned over time. It was not only the Church that learned this, but society too, as an ever-increasing knowledge was developed of the psychology of abuse and abusers.

If the Church made mistakes, as is willingly but sadly admitted, it did not make those mistakes out of malice or carelessness but rather in the hope of seeking to restore, repair, save. That is not meant as an excuse, but rather to cast a light on the truth and help us understand what happened. It does not make the pain and the suffering of an abused person any less real or any less inexcusable. It certainly does not mean as the headline claimed last week, that “Vatican II reforms contributed to child abuse mistakes.”

What if the Church had continued to use Tribunals through the 60s, 70s and 80s, and sentence abusers to a penalty that did not include therapy? Could we say that children would have been any safer, that things would have been different? I don’t think we could. It was not the reforms of Vatican II that caused mistakes – it was bad people doing horrible, evil things to innocents, it was superiors trying, with the best possible advice available at the time, to reform and change them. That was a mistake we made and that is why we needed to apologise, to those who suffered.

http://www.sconews.co.uk/opinion/53419/the-need-for-truth-and-apologies/

‘Systemic failures’ let priests abuse boys at Fife school

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The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard safeguarding measures put in place by the Christian Brothers at St Ninian’s school in Fife fell “well short” of what would be expected today. 

Last year two former teachers were jailed for a total of 15 years after being convicted of the physical and sexual abuse of boys in their care.

Appearing before the inquiry in Edinburgh on behalf of the Christian Brothers, Michael Madigan said the congregation acknowledged with “deepest regret” that children had been abused. 

Mr Madigan said priests had been allowed unaccompanied access to boys despite a warning in the “Chastity” section of a 1946 report which discouraged Brothers from spending time alone with children. 

He said dormitories at the school were often supervised during the night by just one Brother and said the disappearance of log books for the period 1976-83 – when much of the abuse took place – was “mystifying”. 

One priest, now dead, had been removed from the school and later relieved of his vows in the 1960s because he “could not be trusted with children”. 

The inquiry, before Lady Smith, heard that 858 boys passed through the school between 1958 and its closure in 1983.

A total of 35 former pupils came forward with allegations against five members of staff ahead of last year’s trial, but only two men were convicted. 

Former headmaster John Farrell was jailed for five years and Paul Kelly for 10 years for abusing boys aged between 11 and 15 between 1979 and 1983

Mr Madigan said the congregation acknowledged there had been “systemic failures” and had not done enough to protect children. 

He added: “By today’s standards, certainly, we would have fallen well short of what was deemed desirable.” 

Mr Madigan, who was asked by the Christian Brothers to compile a report for the inquiry, said log books detailing physical punishments at St Ninian’s were held in the congregation’s archives in Dublin. 

But he said the records were “scant” for the period 1973-76 and non-existent for the period 1976-83. The inquiry heard a constitution published by the Christian Brothers in 1946 had discouraged priests from spending time alone with children in their care. 

Asked why that was the case, Mr Madigan said: “The risk of temptation to molest the pupils. Unfortunately, a lot of experience would have borne that out.” 

The inquiry continues.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/systemic-failures-let-priests-abuse-boys-at-fife-school-1-4482427      http://archive.is/Eyft7

 

 

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Child abuse cover up – call youself women? The Death of Democracy in Scotland

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 UK Privy Council Members collude to cover up state child abuse in Scotland

When the Scottish Government stated it would set up an inquiry into state child abuse in December 2014  – Nicola Sturgeon then dragged it out – first taking 6 months to appoint a chair of the independent panel – whom 2 religious orders objected to – delaying it further until October 2015.

The independent panel of three people were finally appointed to lead the inquiry,  Professor Michael Lamb, Susan O’Brien QC and Glenn Houston.

Despite Scottish Goverment claims this would be one of the most wide reaching inquiries Scotland has ever seen, by 25th November 2015, survivors accused Hollyrood of now being complicit in the cover up after the inquiry remit was restricted to mainly abuse in residential care – blocking many survivors from giving their testimony in one fell swoop.

The Charity supporting the survivors stating

““This decision resulted in many victims, who had suffered grievous abuse, being excluded from the inquiry. We are of the view that this decision has enabled institutions and organisations, who have covered up criminal activity, to escape public scrutiny, and possible prosecution. The failure to extend the remit of the inquiry has effectively resulted in the Government becoming complicit in a cover-up of abuse.”

And as well as blocking many survivors from giving evidence, survivors soon realised why as it was revealed the Charity spokesperson

“also hit out over what he claimed was the Government’s failure to properly address the issue of compensation payments.

“At meetings with officials about redress, it became clear that they had instructions to shut down any discussions about compensation or interim payments for sick and elderly survivors.

This has caused considerable distress amongst survivors as they feel that they had been failed yet again by the establishment”

Seven months later, in June 2016 we learned

“Professor Michael Lamb resigned from the panel, stating that the inquiry was “doomed” due to government interference.”

“Mr Lamb, who headed a research unit at the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Washington DC for 17 years, said “repeated threats” to the inquiry’s independence had undermined its work and left it “doomed before the first witness has been heard”.

He said the government had delayed or prevented the appointment of members of staff and said the inquiry had to wait for prolonged periods before making key decisions.”

Then just a week later, on the 5th July 2016 we discovered the Chair of the Inquiry, Susan O’Brien had been “asked to go” with a report revealing

“The Scottish Government says she was asked to go after she made “inappropriate comments” during a training session in February. But in her resignation letter, O’Brien insists threats to oust her were being made as early as January.

There are reports that friction was caused by O’Brien’s desire to use junior counsel as opposed to in-house officials to take testimony. Education secretary John Swinney says junior counsel would have cost £100 an hour.”

Susan O’Brian is now suing the Scottish Government for £500,000 as a result with a report revealing fellow panel members opposed this move by the Scottish Government Ministers to effectively sack the independent chair of the inquiry with the report going on to say

“First Minster Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament:

“We don’t accept Professor Lamb’s comments about the independence of the Inquiry.”

The legal papers state:

“She (Ms O’Brien) considered that she had a duty to inform the public that the Inquiry’s independence was being actively undermined by the defenders (Scottish government).”

“Ms O’Brien also argues ministers lacked any legal right to remove her and seeks damages for loss of earnings and damage to her reputation.”

So who made the accusations against Ms O’Brien QC, 11 weeks after she is meant to have overhead O’Brien making so called inappropriate comments – an SNP candidate making money from the inquiry.

“At the centre of the controversy is child abuse expert Claire Fyvie, from the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress, which was funded to provide three months of support to those taking evidence. It was Fyvie who overheard O’Brien’s comments and reported them to ministers. Fyvie had been an SNP candidate in the North Lanarkshire council elections.

The third panel member, Glenn Houston, chief executive of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority of Northern Ireland, who has not resigned, wrote a letter in support of O’Brien.”

The inquiry then “commissioned” Professor Lorraine Radford of the University of Central Lancashire, to undertake a review of evidence of the prevalence of child abuse in Scotland  – who was head of research for children’s charity NSPCC for nearly six years.

The UK Privy Council controls universities too – and NSPCC is the charity accused of exaggeration and fabrication of facts and research as its peculiar brand of anti-parent propaganda to promote itself – using Tory party favourite PR company Saatchi and Saatchi to run expensive NSPCC promotion campaigns. 

With the 2004 story headlined

“A danger to the nation’s children The NSPCC’s new ‘Someone To Turn To’ campaign will poison family relations, says the author of Paranoid Parenting”.

Weeks after the chair of the inquiry was pushed out by the Scottish Government Nicola took the opportunity to appoint a “judge”, Lady Anne Smith  to “head the inquiry” as the new Chairwoman.

While John Swinney claimed

“It is in the nature of Lady Smith’s background as an experienced judge that the inquiry will be taken forward without fear or favour to identify how individuals and institutions failed many of Scotland’s most vulnerable children.”

Now we are told judges are independent of government, politicians and political parties.

What Nicola, Lady Smith and John Swinney did NOT say is that Lady Smith is in the UK Privy Council for life with Nicola Sturgeon – where they both swear an oath of secrecy to become members – to keep all state secrets together for life.

Does this include blocking state secrets about state child abuse?

Lady Smith soon showed her intentions as to survivors horror in January 2017 they found out under Lady Smith’s chairmanship the inquiry had now decided

“that if any perpetrator of abuse were mentioned in evidence, he or she would be informed.”

Not only would those who stand accused of abuse be told – Lady Smith decided all the alleged abusers would be given a list of names of every survivor who pointed the finger at them for what they had done.

The BBC adding

“The charity said this could deter many survivors from coming forward – so it was vital that they had access to legal advice to support them in giving evidence.”

On 20th February 2017 BBC revealed the inquiry had moved to block 1,058 survivors getting the legal assistance, financial support required to give evidence and to deny them the ability to cross-examine witnesses.

Lady Smith achieved this by refusing to give the Charity, Wellbeing Scotland, offiicial status despite the charity supporting 1,058 survivors and is

“the largest organisation in Scotland specialising in historical child abuse cases so it was imperative that it could give evidence to the inquiry”

with the BBS stating the inquiry (Lady Smith) felt

“the organisation did not meet the criteria to play a significant role.”

This after the Scottish Government, in August 2016, refusing to provide the charities supporting the victims with £13.5 million in funding required and meant to provide further support to survivors over 5 years.

Instead the Scottish Government set up their own survivor support service to get the money instead and then

“asked for information about their cases to be transferred to a new support service for abuse survivors.

The clients of Open Secret” (now Wellbeing Scotland) “and the In Care Survivor Service say the move risk breaching their confidentiality, despite the fact that the government says data will by anonymous.”

This move a blatant attempt for the Scottish Government to get their hands on all the victims files and their personal details. 

Would Lady Smith provide those details to those who standaccused too – before the victims have a chance to give evidence to the inquiry?

This move forced Wellbeing Scotland, to block the Scottish Government “request to work with the new initiative” (as planned?) as the Scottish government claimed their new

“In Care Survivor Support Fund Service” funded with £13.5m over 5 years

“aims to direct people to the help they need, and could send them back to Open Secret, which would be paid for each case they take on.”

“But the charity’s chief executive Janine Rennie said she would rather shut than risk the privacy of clients.”The Scottish Government has asked for details of vulnerable survivors to help them “transition” to a new service. We have said under no circumstances will we be passing on any confidential information, even if that means our service comes to an end,” she said.”

The day before a report revealed

“Civil servants have told the charity running In Care Survivors Service Scotland that funding could be at risk if it refuses to hand over details of its work.

Some abuse survivors say there could be suicides if the counselling service, which has been run by Falkirk-based charity Open Secret since 2008, is stopped.

It has worked with more than 1000 people who suffered sexual or physical abuse, or both, while in care, and offers one-to-one counselling, group work, befriending and advocacy.

The Scottish Government provides £200,000 of funding per year.”

Not long after the Scottish Government removed the funding to bankrupt the charity so survivors of state child abuse would be left with no support.

Then on 21st Feb 2017, the day after we learned the Charity supporting the victims was being blocked by Lady Smith – the last remaining independent panel member announced he had been given two public sector jobs and he resigned to go collect the money from two public sector jobs, where he said

” a “change in priorities” in his working life meant he had applied for positions at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Disclosure and Barring Service.”

“I have now been successful in those applications and the appointments have been made”

With the BBC revealing

“A successor to Mr Houston will not be appointed to the inquiry so Lady Smith will continue as the sole panel member.

The Scottish government said this brought it in line with other public inquiries established in Scotland under the 2005 Inquiries Act.

All this has ensured this leaves Nicola Sturgeon’s fellow UK privy councillor for life in sole charge of the four year Inquiry.

When the state defendant interferes with due process to remove independent panel members to replace them with a hand picked Judge with a conflict of interest with Nicola Sturgeon – both sworn to keep state secrets together – this is not an independent inquiry but a blatant cover up as survivors tried to warn – and a blatant abuse of position and power by Sturgeon, Swinney and Smith.

But the story does not end there as abuse survivors are being told the state and the residential institutions have lost their files or there is no record of them being in care at all.

Well I say – time for the survivors to pick women they know and can trust and the Scottish Nation demands survivors and a team of volunteer women are given complete access to all files and archives of the state, councils, social work and these residential institutions – and I bet we will find those so called missing files.

And as for Sturgeon abusing her power to order civil servants to remove the funding from the charity supporting 1,058 survivors – in a blatant attempt to get her hands on all the victims files – that alone should be cause for a police inquiry – tampering with an inquiry and a jail term.

What sort of women are Sturgeon and Smith – the sort of women the Royal family want in their UK Privy Council for life – just as they wanted Thatcher and May. cached  

SOURCE http://www.whatthepoliticiansdontsay.com/single-post/2017/06/14/Child-abuse-cover-up—call-youself-women 

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Male child sex abuse survivors charity ‘struggling with demand’

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Abuse victim claims Social Worker is being “shielded”

A VICTIM of childhood sexual abuse has accused Scotland’s social services watchdog of shielding a social worker who left him in the care of violent and abusive carers.

Richard Tracey said he had little confidence in the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), despite it having reopened its investigation into the role of worker Hugh Quinn, as the result of an investigation by The Herald.

Richard Tracey claims he was physically abused when in foster care, and later in an Ayrshire children’s home, and also regularly sexually abused by a friend of his foster parents. The fact he was being beaten and was assaulted in residential care are both confirmed by his social work notes from the early 1980s, while the claims of sexual abuse are also recorded.

As a result, Mr Tracey complained about Mr Quinn and the failure of what was then Kilmarnock Social Services to protect him.

Last month the SSSC turned down his complaint, explaining it was unable to pursue Mr Tracey’s complaint against Mr Quinn. The watchdog argued that even if it were proved the worker knowingly failed to act to protect him, it could not establish this was unacceptable by the standards of social work practice at that time in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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

However The Herald subsequently readily located several documents outlining child protection standards at the time in Strathclyde, in the city archive at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Now, in a letter to Mr Tracey, Maree Allison, director of Fitness To Practise at the SSSC has confirmed it has contacted Mr Quinn to reopen the investigation. The official added: “I bear responsibility for the fact there was information publicly available that we did not obtain.”

She said Glasgow City Council, as the “legacy authority” for Strathclyde Regional Council, told the SSSC it did not hold documents setting out the expectations for social workers in child abuse cases. Ms Allison said a colleague “has been to the Mitchell Library and recovered some documents and is carrying out a check with another archive in Ayr that may have relevant information”.

However, she also warned Mr Tracey there were limits to what the SSSC could do. “It is important you understand the limits of our role. Our responsibility is to decide whether he is fit to practise as a social worker today. That is the legal remit we work within and our investigations and decisions focus solely on that,” she said.

Mr Tracey said he was not confident. “It is reassuring the SSSC now appears to be dedicating a lot of time and effort in respect of this case, although I am unsure whether that will be to try to provide further assistance to Mr Quinn … or if in fact the SSSC is now seriously considering the abuse I suffered whilst he was my social worker,” he said.

He also claimed an investigation into what happened to him in the 1980s might open a Pandora’s box involving other workers. “I believe all the stops will be pulled out to find any excuse whatsoever to stop this box from being opened,” he added.

www.heraldscotland.com/news/15355590.Abuse_victim_claims_social_worker_is__being____shielded___/

De La Salle Brothers ‘failed’ abused boys

 15th JUNE 2017

The leader of a religious order has apologised for a “disturbing lack of awareness” which allowed staff to physically and sexually abuse boys at residential schools.

Brother Laurence Hughes, head of the De La Salle Brothers in Great Britain and Ireland, told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry he would have expected other members of staff to have known what was going on.

Br Hughes said he had already met with survivors abused by the congregation in Northern Ireland and was prepared to do so in Scotland.

The inquiry, before Lady Smith, was told an estimated 9,300 pupils, many with emotional and behavioural difficulties, attended five institutions run by the Brothers between 1914 and 1992.

Last year 82-year-old Michael Murphy, known as Brother Benedict, was jailed for seven years for physically and sexually abusing boys in his care during the 1970s and 1980s at St Joseph’s School in Tranent, East Lothian.

He had previously been convicted for physically assaulting boys at St Ninian’s School at Gartmore, near Stirling, between 1960 and 1969 which was run by the De La Salle Brothers until 1982.

Asked by Colin MacAulay, lead counsel to the inquiry, if there was an acknowledgement abuse had taken place at St Joseph’s, Br Hughes said: “We acknowledge the abuse which was confined to the convictions against one brother.”

However, he admitted the abuse “may not be confined” to that particular case.

Lady Smith asked: “You accept other abuse happened?”

“I do,” replied Br Hughes, adding that he accepted failures had taken place.

He said: “Clearly the perpetrator is not going to be broadcasting what they’re doing, but there must have been somebody who was aware what was happening, whether that was a Brother, a lay person or a member of the board…”

Br Hughes said as a chaplain elsewhere in the country he had personally heard allegations of abuse which he had passed to safeguarding officers and would have expected the same to have happened at St Joseph’s.

At Murphy’s trial in 2003, the court heard how the priest had tortured boys at St Ninian’s with electric shocks and had forced them to eat their own vomit. Murphy had also broken a child’s arm after he was cheeky to the priest.

Two lay members of staff at St Ninian’s, woodwork teacher Charles McKenna and groundsman James McKinstry, were convicted of a number of sex offences at the same trial.

Asked yesterday if he had a message for the victims, Br Hughes said: “When I became provincial (of the order) in 2015, it was towards the end of the Northern Ireland (child abuse) inquiry.

“My concern was certainly for the victims. One of the victims asked to speak to me and over the last two years I have spoken to at least four people who have been abused…” He added: “I made it very clear that I am available.”

Asked if he was now making the same offer to victims in Scotland, he replied: “I am.”

Earlier, the inquiry heard from Sister Rosemary Kean, of the Good Shepherd Sisters, that her congregation had “no knowledge” of abuse taking place at five establishments for girls in Scotland. It has previously been alleged that nuns physically assaulted children at the Good Shepherd Centre in Bishopton, Renfrewshire in the 1970s.

Sr Kean said: “We have no knowledge of abuse having taken place at any time and certainly no records. There were some allegations made against two sisters but they were acquitted of every charge.” http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/de-la-salle-brothers-failed-abused-boys-1-4477322     https://archive.is/mKoAT


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Child Sex Abuse victims break silence and come forward at Glasgow event

Dozens of people in Glasgow have come forward as potential victims of child sexual abuse following a campaign event in the city. 

Child sexual abuse campaigners have reached out to dozens of potential victims in Glasgow.

Members of the Seek and Find Everyone (SAFE) group were in George Square last week following the start of the public hearing at the Scottish Government inquiry into historical sex abuse across Scotland.

SAFE held an event and spoke to members of the public, and were overwhelmed with the number of people who told them they had been abused.

Members gave out hundreds of leaflets and spoke to around 70 people, including pensioners and homeless people, who identified themselves as victims of abuse.

Sandra Toyer, a facilitator who works with the Voices Within support group, which is part of SAFE, said the event had been a “great success”.

She said:

“So many survivors came forward, who had been passing by. They approached some of the group and disclosed abuse.  It was quite traumatic but poignant, they had the courage to come forward in the middle of George Square and speak to us. It shows us there are thousands of survivors out there. I have no doubt about that…People who have kept their secret for 30, 40 and 50 years sometimes.

We had older people coming to talk to us who were in their 70s, homeless people, lots of different people. We just want to keep the momentum going and find as many people as we can and support them.”

Dave Sharp, a founder of SAFE, added:

“Our aim is to find and help survivors. The police, the Government, they are all doing their bit as well. People should speak out as there has never been such an opportunity as now. There are organisations and things in place now that have never been before.”

Another of SAFE’s main goals is to visit every prison in Scotland, to identify any potential victims who are incarcerated.

Dave explained: “A very high proportion of historical child abuse survivors go on to form some kind of addiction which quite often leads to a criminal background and prison sentences. For so long the authorities in Scotland have not addressed this issue. We also know a large number of the homeless population has an abusive background. If we, as a country, don’t do something about this now it will be an ongoing problem that will continue.”

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15330005.Child_sex_abuse_campaigners_speak_to_dozens_of_Glasgow_victims/  https://archive.is/eQTNS