Published on
07 January 2020

Barnardo’s response to Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry – Stage 3 report

In response to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry stage 3 report, Martin Crewe, Director of Barnardo’s Scotland, said: “From the outset Barnardo's welcomed the opportunity to take part in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and to assist in the task of addressing the issues raised in the terms of reference which focused on residential care in Scotland from 1921 to 1991.  Barnardo's has co-operated fully and will continue to co-operate with the Inquiry in any way that it can.  

“We recognise the importance of the Inquiry's work to victims and survivors, and are fully committed to learning from the past and to participating in any process which will assist in the safeguarding and protection of children in Scotland and across the UK.

 “We accept, regrettably, that some children were abused while they were in the care of the charity. It is a matter of deep regret to the charity that we failed to protect any particular children, at any particular time and in any particular homes.  We apologise to those children who suffered abuse while they were in the care of Barnardo’s.

 “Barnardo’s will now give careful consideration to the Inquiry’s 150 page report.”


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SCAI Report stage 3

Barnardo’s Scotland work with more than 16,300 children and young people in over 140 specialised community-based services across Scotland and has over 100 shops.  We believe in children and we believe every young person has a right to thrive. Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need. Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young people leaving care; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.   

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