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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Needs to be Restructured Says CEO of Open Secret

The CEO of Open Secret Janine Rennie has called for the Inquiry to be restructured to ensure it is completely independent from either ministers or civil servants’.

Open Secret has so far supported 10 people to give evidence to the inquiry but following the resignation of two of the Inquiry Panel Members there has been growing concern about the independence of the inquiry and how to rebuild trust with survivors who are engaged in the process.

Janine says “It’s very distressing for them [survivors] to go through this. It is re-traumatising. This is going to make the future of this inquiry very difficult. It’s taken a great deal of work to ensure that survivors have reason to put their trust in it and that is now going to make some think twice. There needs to be a full investigation into how we got here.”

The Deputy First Minister John Swinney met with survivor representatives on the 7th July and discussions included recent events in connection to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.  You can read more about the Scottish Governments response here.

You can read more about the Inquiry here.

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