Child abuse inquiry to investigate former Fife school

St Ninians
St Ninians

A residential child care home in Falkland will be investigated as part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Phase four of the inquiry, set to begin in summer 2019, will investigate establishments run by male religious orders, including St Ninian’s in Falkland.

The Roman Catholic school was operated by the Christian Brothers until it was closed in the 1980s.

The first phase of the inquiry’s hearings began in 2017 and focused on the background and context to the inquiry.

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Lady Smith, chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “Investigations into establishments run by male religious orders and other preparatory work are well underway. We have been pleased with the response to date.

“We are now able to give details of the three male religious orders and their establishments we will have a particular focus on. Please would anyone who has any relevant information about any of these orders and schools contact the inquiry.

“It does not matter whether you have already made a report to the police or to anyone else and it does not matter whether or not you have been involved in any other investigation. You can still talk to us and we want to hear from you.

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“I am well aware that it can be difficult and very emotional to talk about experiences in care and I want to take this opportunity to give an assurance that we have a dedicated witness support team here who will help and support anyone providing evidence to us.”