National body to investigate abuse claims at Nazareth House
A FORMER Aberdeen children’s home run by nuns is to be investigated as part of a national abuse probe next year.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has announced it will look into claims of abuse at establishments run by the Sisters of Nazareth in the spring.
Nazareth House in the city’s Claremont Street was once home to more than 300 children and has faced allegations of historical abuse for more than 20 years.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was launched in October 2015 and is one of the most wide-ranging public inquiries ever held in Scotland, with full powers to compel witnesses to give evidence.
Phase two of the inquiry’s public hearings will begin on Tuesday, November 28 and will investigate residential childcare establishments run by organisations within the Roman Catholic Church, starting with the Daughters of Charity. The hearings will be held at Rosebery House in Edinburgh.
As well as former residents of Nazareth House in Aberdeen, the inquiry wants to hear from people who have experiences of homes in Cardonald, Kilmarnock and Lasswade. Police probed the Aberdeen house – which is now flats – in 1997 and investigated more than 40 complaints by former residents.
One woman claimed she had been beaten so hard she went deaf, while a retired fisherman said he had been submerged in near boiling water by the sisters.
Speaking in 2000, a woman who had lived in Nazareth House, said: “You couldn’t answer them back and you were terrified to sleep at night in case you wet the bed.
“In the morning you were beaten and thrown into a cold bath, then at dinner time you had to stand with your sheets on your head while the others played.”
Anyone who thinks they have information that could help the inquiry is asked to call 0800 0929 300 or e-mail at talktous@ childabuseinquiry.scot.
Individuals can also write to the inquiry by post at SCAI, PO Box 24085, Edinburgh EH7 9EA.
You were beaten and thrown into a cold bath
AllegAtiONs: Nazareth House in Aberdeen before it was turned into flats.