Accounts published of systematic abuse in Scottish schools, residential homes and hospitals, and a review of handling of abuse allegations in Scottish football

The allegations released by the National Confidential Forum include child sex abuse, violence and bullying.

Many of the 59 testimonies describe a “veil of secrecy” within institutions, with victims and witnesses scared to speak out.

The majority of those who described their childhood experiences are now aged in their 50s.

The National Confidential Forum, which was set up by the Scottish Government in 2014, said it has passed on 38 allegations of abuse to the police.

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In related news, the Scottish Football Association are to hold an independent review into the handling of allegations of abuse of young football players. This review will be held alongside the investigation into abuse allegations being conducted by Police Scotland.

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