Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Additional Institutions

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has announced that a further 17 institutions are to be investigated as part of its ongoing investigations. The Press Release is reproduced below; this is accompanied by a YouTube update by Lady Smith, Chair of the SCAI, on a number of aspects of its work.

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Announces Additional Institutions as part of Ongoing Investigations

A further 17 institutions are to be investigated

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has identified a further 17 institutions which it is investigating as part of its on-going work.

 This list includes institutions run by a range of care providers, as detailed below:

  • The Archdiocese of Glasgow
    • St Andrew’s School, Shandon, Dunbartonshire
  • Non-religious/voluntary organisations
    • Lagarie House Children’s Home, Rhu, Sailor’s Society
    • Redheugh Adolescent Unit, Kilbirnie, Salvation Army
    • Balnacraig School, Perth
    • Royal Blind School, Edinburgh
    • Oakbank School, Aberdeen, Oakbank School Trust
    • Harmeny School, Edinburgh, Harmeny Education Trust
    • Donaldson’s School for Deaf Children, The Donaldson Trust
    • Humbie Care Home, Humbie , Algrade
  • Boarding Schools
    • Queen Victoria School, Dunblane
  • Local authority establishments
    • Ovenstone Residential School, Fife Council
    • Park Lodge, Calderwood Road, Glasgow City Council
    • Cardross Park Assessment Centre, West Dunbartonshire
    • Dunclutha Children’s Home, Argyll & Bute Council
    • Balrossie School, Inverclyde Council
  • Healthcare establishments
    • Lennox Castle Hospital, Lennoxtown, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
    • Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert, NHS Forth Valley

These establishments are additional to the list of 69 institutions previously identified by the Inquiry. The full list of institutions can be found on the Inquiry’s website:

Lady Smith, Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “Please would anyone who has any relevant information about any of these institutions contact the Inquiry.

“It does not matter whether you have already made a report to the police or to anyone else and it does not matter whether or not you have been involved in any other investigation. You can still talk to us and we want to hear from you.”

Lady Smith added: “I am well aware that it can be difficult and very emotional to talk about experiences in care and I want to take this opportunity to give an assurance that we have a dedicated witness support team here who will help and support anyone providing evidence to us. They will do so throughout the process.”

Case studies considering the care provided by female religious orders within the Roman Catholic Church have been completed. Lady Smith’s case study findings on the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul are due for publication in the coming weeks.

Investigations into the provision of care by the other institutions listed is ongoing, with evidence being taken from a range of witnesses who can provide valuable information, as well as the gathering of a wide range of documentary evidence. The next public hearings are set to begin in October, focusing on residential child care establishments run by large care providers Quarriers, Aberlour and Barnardo’s.

Anyone wishing to contact the Inquiry can do so via the methods below:

By telephone at: Freephone 0800 0929 300

By email to:

By post to: PO BOX 24085, Edinburgh, EH7 9EA

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Additional Institutions" in Law & Religion UK, 14 September 2018,

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