Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

About the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was set up on 1 October 2015 to consider the abuse of children in care in Scotland from living memory - around 1930 to 2014.

The Inquiry will look at

  • what happened
  • why abuse took place
  • failures of organisations responsible for the care of children
  • what effect this has had on them and their families.

The Inquiry aims to raise awareness of the abuse of children in care and to acknowledge the suffering of children in care.

The Inquiry was due to report to Scottish Government Ministers within four years. However the timescale has been extended to ‘whenever is reasonably practical’ to allow more time to complete its work. Once concluded, the Inquiry will report on recommendations to improve future law, policies and practices in Scotland.

View the calendar of current child abuse hearings.

Further information about the work of the Inquiry can be found on the Child Abuse Inquiry website.

Contact Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

By post

PO Box 24202 Edinburgh EH3 1JN



0800 0929 300

Positive Experiences in Care

You can tell the Inquiry about your own or others’ positive experiences of being in care in Scotland as a child. See the Positive Experiences in Care factsheet for more information.