Ex-home in abuse probe
Bellevue House survivors’ evidence
A former children’s home fun by the Catholic Church in Rutherglen will be investigated in the second phase of the Scottish child abuse inquiry.
Bellevue House, which was based in Clincarthill, will be one of five homes run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul involved.
Evidence will be heard from a range of organisations, including survivor groups.
A statement on behalf of the inquiry said: “Evidence given at hearings will supplement written statements taken from witnesses in advance and documents which have been recovered by the inquiry team during the course of investigations.
“The inquiry will continue to take statements from survivors in private sessions and from a range of other witnesses, and urges anyone with information or experiences of establishments run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul or the Sisters of Nazareth to contact the witness support team as soon as possible.”
The first sessions of the inquiry will start on May 31 at Rosebery House in Edinburgh and are expected to last about seven weeks.
Charities giving evidence will include Quarriers, Barnardo’s and Aberlour Child Care Trust.
The Church of Scotland/ CrossReach, the Bishops’ Conference, the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Benedictines are among religious groups who will give evidence.
The Scottish Government will also give evidence on the nature, extent and development of the state’s areas of responsibility for children in residential and foster care.
Bellvue closed its doors in the 1960s.
In 1997, a family of four took legal action against the Roman Catholic Church order which ran the home.
They said that in the late 40s and early 50s, they suffered “pain and anguish’’ for about seven years at Bellevue and “deep psychological trauma’ ’in the years after they left.
The investigation will also include four homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth.