On 17th December 2014, the Scottish Government announced an independent Public Inquiry into the abuse of children in care. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry subsequently commenced on 1 October 2015 and operates independently of Government and any other public bodies, including Police Scotland. It was originally due to report to Scottish Ministers by October 2019, however in June 2018, the Terms of Reference were amended by the Deputy First Minister and the Inquiry are now required to report to the Scottish Ministers, and to make recommendations, as soon as reasonably practicable.
The purpose of the Inquiry is to raise public awareness of the abuse of children in care within the 'living memory of any person'. It also provides an opportunity for public acknowledgement of the suffering of children affected by abuse and a forum for the validation of their experience and testimony.
The Inquiry are currently taking evidence from people who were abused. Further information on the work of the Inquiry and how to give evidence can be found here