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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22804: Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 25 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will expand the remit of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry to ensure that it can investigate allegations of abuse of children placed in the care of other family members.

Answered by: John Swinney 2 May 2019

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry’s remit was set in 2015 following an extensive public 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 has been raised previously. In a 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. We need to ensure that the Inquiry remains manageable in order to deliver its findings in a reasonable timescale. A full transcript of my statement can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10630&mode=pdf .