Ex-home in abuse probe

Belle­vue House sur­vivors’ ev­i­dence

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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.

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