Inquiry into Historical Abuse of Children in Care


Education Secretary Angela Constance welcomed the start of the statutory national public Inquiry into historical abuse of children in care today.

Susan O’Brien QC, an experienced advocate with a wealth of experience, is Chair of the Inquiry. Recruitment has begun for panel members and expert assessors to assist her.

Susan O’Brien QC
Susan O’Brien QC


Ms Constance said: “Today is an important landmark for all of those who have campaigned for an independent national Inquiry with statutory powers to compel witnesses.

“To mark the official start of the Inquiry today, Ms O’Brien has outlined the work that she and her team have already begun and how they will take this momentous Inquiry forward.

“I want to reiterate my gratitude to all survivors and their supporters who have helped us reach this point. Their willingness to recount such painful experiences was vitally important in helping us set a remit that would deliver the justice they rightly deserve. It is also in response to their guidance that I have said that the Inquiry will report back within four years of this start date.