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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20758: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will expand the scope of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to cover the activities of sports clubs.

Answered by: John Swinney 8 January 2019

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry’s remit was set in 2015 following extensive consultation and engagement with survivors of in care child abuse and other interested parties. The issue of the scope of the Inquiry in relation to non-residential settings such as sports clubs has been raised previously. In my statement to Parliament on 17 November 2016 I set out my reasoning that a wider remit to include abuse in other settings would take many more years to conclude, and it would fail to respond to those survivors of in care abuse who campaigned for many years for such an Inquiry. A minor amendment was made at that time to make clear the scope includes the abuse of children in care wherever that occurred.