Children and Families Directorate
Children’s Rights and Wellbeing (CRW) Division
T: 0131-244 7131 F: 0131-244
E: sandra.aitken@scotland.gsi.gov.uk a

In 2014 Scotland Welcomes the World
Our ref: 2014/0035604
11 December 2014
Dear Sir/Madam
Thank you for your email of 9 November to Michael Russell, MSP, the former Cabinet
Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, in which you call for a review of the
investigation into specific historical allegations of child sexual abuse. I must advise you that
it is not the role of Scottish Ministers to investigate criminal allegations, or to instigate such
investigations. The police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service operate
independently of the Scottish Government. This is essential to ensure public confidence that
criminal investigations and decisions about prosecutions are made free from any
unwarranted Ministerial interference.
If you have outstanding concerns about the police investigation or the role played by
COPFS, which have not already been addressed by Police Scotland and COPFS, you
should bring these to the attention of the Chief Constable of Police Scotland and/or COPFS
Yours sincerely,
Sandra Aitken
Child Protection Policy Officer

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