Crown Office to face inquiry for ‘failing child abuse victims’

Crown Office to face inquiry for ‘failing child abuse victims’

Part-time sheriff John Halley aired his concerns in a detailed report to the chairwoman of the inquiry, Lady Anne Smith
Part-time sheriff John Halley aired his concerns in a detailed report to the chairwoman of the inquiry, Lady Anne SmithPRESS ASSOCIATION

An inquiry into historical child abuse is expected to investigate alleged failures by Scotland’s prosecution body to protect vulnerable children in care, The Sunday Times has learnt.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said it anticipates being a focus of future investigation by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI).

Last night, the body appeared to welcome scrutiny of past “practices and policies” that it conceded may have been “deficient”.

“It is anticipated that future stages of the inquiry will require the institutions charged with the investigation and prosecution of crime to face up, candidly and critically, to the practices and policies of years gone by,” said a Crown Office spokesman. “In understanding and acknowledging the deficiencies of the past, lessons can be learnt for…

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