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Barnardo's Scotland response to Sunday Herald report

Release Date: 04 Jun 2017

Barnardo's Scotland responds to comments made in the Sunday Herald 'exclusive' on 4 June

Barnardo's Scotland is concerned at the inaccurate reporting in today's Sunday Herald.  We believe it is a misleading interpretation of our opening statement to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and ignores information that we provided to the newspaper concerned.  To set the record straight we would like to make clear that:

•Children's records have been meticulously retained for every child who has been in our care.

•We have not 'systematically destroyed' staff records.  We did note to the Inquiry that our staff records are not as complete as the children's records.  Those between 1940 and 1960 are sketchy and incomplete because they were kept on cards.  We have better records from the 1960s onwards as they are archived on microfilm.

•We made no mention of a flood and are unaware what this refers to.

•We do still provide residential care and noted this in our statement to the Inquiry.

•We did not include an apology in our opening statement as it could have sounded insincere before the Inquiry actually began.  Barnardo's has a strong legacy of duty to those who were in our care and we continue to support them. We have been working closely with survivors' groups and will continue to show our support for the Inquiry through any means we can.

Due to the high level of factual inaccuracies, we are requesting that the Sunday Herald makes corrections.

Martin Crewe

Director, Barnardo's Scotland

Corporate Director Celtic Nations

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