Judge’s praise for in­quiry wit­nesses

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mem­bers of the pub­lic aware, as soon as pos­si­ble, of whether I am sat­is­fied that chil­dren were abused while in the care of the Or­der and if so, of the na­ture and ex­tent of that abuse.” Sur­vivor groups are con­cerned about the length of time it has taken to pub­lish her find­ings. Helen Hol­land, of In Care Abuse Sur­vivors (In­cas), said: “Clos­ing sub­mis­sions into the Daugh­ters of Char­ity were heard in Jan­uary and Lady Smith told us the re­port was at the print­ers in July. “So why has it taken so long to get pub­lished?” The in­quiry also heard ev­i­dence found by The Sun­day Post that more than 400 former res­i­dents of Smyl­lum Park had been dumped in a mass grave. It prompted the Crown Of­fice to ask Po­lice Scot­land to open up a probe, which has led to 16 ar­rests re­lated to abuse claims at Smyl­lum Park. All are still un­der the con­sid­er­a­tion of prose­cu­tors. The chair of the Scot­tish Child Abuse In­quiry has thanked sur­vivors for go­ing through the “chal­leng­ing” ex­pe­ri­ence of giv­ing ev­i­dence. Lady Smith made her re­marks as she pre­pares to pub­lish her find­ings on Thurs­day into abuse claims at chil­dren’s homes run by the Daugh­ters of Char­ity, in­clud­ing the Smyl­lum Park or­phan­age. The judge said she was “very grate­ful to all the wit­nesses” who gave ev­i­dence, adding: “I ap­pre­ci­ate how chal­leng­ing it will have been for them. “In the doc­u­ment, I set out the find­ings that I have been able to make on the ev­i­dence pre­sented. “I am do­ing so to make ap­pli­cants, wit­nesses and

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