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A nun has told an inquiry she "slapped" children in her care at an orphanage but said she is "not aware" of beating a boy unconscious. The 73-year-old was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, between 1969…
An elderly nun has denied children were beaten, force-fed and humiliated at a controversial care institution. The 92-year-old woman told Scotland's Child Abuse Inquiry she had not witnessed any cruelty or struck any youngsters herself during her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark. She told the inquiry she was…
Allegations of historic child abuse at an orphanage have been described as “absolute rubbish” by two former residents. One witness to the Scottish Child Abuse inquiry said he had been “extremely well treated” at Smyllum Park in Lanark. The man, now in his late 60s, said the nuns who ran…
Denying the "orchestrated" abuse which took place in child care homes across Scotland should be a crime, an inquiry has heard. A former resident of Smyllum Park in Lanark made the claim before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh on Tuesday. He described his time at the orphanage as…
Eleanor Schooling writes that it is possible for homes to support ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieve a good or better inspection outcome. Today, I want to talk about the children living in children’s homes. While the majority of children looked after live in foster placements, around one in 12 children…
Nuns at an orphanage used anti-Semitic threats while beating a boy of Jewish descent, an inquiry has heard. The witness, who was at Smyllum Park in Lanark during the 1940s and 1950s, said he is "haunted" by memories of his time at the facility. He told how he is still…
The former owner and an ex-manager of a children's home have been charged with sexually abusing young boys 40 years ago. John Webber, 77, of Clifton Hill, Brighton, East Sussex, and Don Grasty, 94, of Beach Road, Selsey, West Sussex, have been summonsed to appear at Worthing Magistrates' Court (pictured)…
A young boy at an orphanage in the 1960s did not die as a result of an attack by a nun, an inquiry has been told. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard that Samuel Carr died of a brain haemorrhage at the age of six following an E.coli infection, which…
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