The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has concluded that, “children in homes run by Quarries, Aberlour Child Care Trust and Barnardo’s (QAB providers) suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse.”

The first phase of the Inquiry examined the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul between 1917 and 1981, with particular focus on Smyllum Park Orphanage, Lanak and Bellevue Children’s home in Rutherglen. The findings were that Children at Smyllum Park Orphanage were sexually and physically abused. They were, “beaten with leather straps, hairbrushes and crucifixes and the homes were places of fear, threat and excessive discipline.”

Homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth in Aberdeen, Cardonald, Lanswade and Kilmarnock during the period between 1933 and 1984 were investigated during the second phase of the inquiry. It was concluded that, “some children in Nazareth House Orphanages in Scotland were subjected to sexual abuse of the utmost depravity.”

The third phase of the investigation which took place during the period of October 2018 to February 2019 and heard evidence from 110 witnesses, considered evidence about the nature and extend of abuse of children in care provided by QAB providers at locations across Scotland as well as examining any systems, policies and procedures in place and how they were applied.

The Chair of the Inquiry, Lady Smith said in her findings:

“Many children did not find the warmth, care, and compassionate comfort they needed. The previous lives of the children who came into the care of the QAB (Quarriers, Aberlour and Barnardo’s) providers had all been blighted in some way, whether by being abused in the family home, the death of one or more parent, parental illness, families who could not cope with caring for them, abandonment, or by other similar circumstances.

The QAB providers could have made a real and positive difference to every child, but that did not happen. For many, further damage was inflicted upon them.”

The fourth phase of the investigations are yet to be published and the inquiry is now in its fifth phase, examining abuse of children who were sent to other countries, mainly Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The evidence of victims who continued to come forward about the care provided by QAB providers will still be considered by Lady Smith.
Lady Smith will take all the findings into account when she analyses all the evidence which has been provided to the Inquiry and provides in final recommendations.

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