In the summer of 2016, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) commissioned me to draw up a report on the legislative provisions regulating the various environments in which children were accommodated when they were, for whatever reason, not living with their own families. The overarching aim of that Inquiry was, through an examination of the experiences of children who had suffered while in the care of persons or bodies other than their parents, to seek to learn lessons from the past in order to make children safer for the future. It also sought to provide acknowledgement of the suffering of victims and to allow them “closure”. Given the ages of the oldest of the presently surviving victims of child abuse, it was assumed that my Report would start with the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act, 1932. However, I soon realised that the 1932 Act, primarily an amending statute, could not be properly understood without exploring the earlier legislation which it amended. So that took me to the Children Act, 1908, which had substantially expanded the role of the state in the care of children. Yet like the 1932 Act, the 1908 Act did not start with a clean slate. It too built upon earlier foundations and to gain a full understanding of the 1908 Act I found it necessary to examine yet earlier legislation. And so the process, as is the nature of historical study, went on....
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