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Justice for Fornethy House Survivors

  • Submitted by: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
  • Motion reference: S6M-06729
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 25 May 2023

That the Parliament recognises what it considers as the inspirational women who have bravely come forward to highlight the plight of the reported hundreds of survivors of physical, mental and sexual abuse at Fornethy House Residential School, in Angus, when they attended to convalesce or for short breaks between 1960 and the 1990s; notes reports that over 200 women have revealed the appalling abuse that they suffered at Fornethy House when they were young girls; commends these women for what it sees as their determined and admirable campaign for justice; recognises the reported challenges that survivors of Fornethy House have experienced in qualifying for Scotland’s Redress Scheme due to the eligibility criteria excluding those abused in short-term respite care; notes the reported difficulties that the survivors have had in obtaining personal records that were held by the owners of Fornethy House at the time, which were Glasgow Corporation and Strathclyde Regional Council; further notes the ongoing Police Scotland investigation, but regrets that, to date, none of the alleged perpetrators of the abuse have been brought to justice, and notes the view that these women deserve both justice and recognition for the appalling abuse that they suffered at Fornethy House Residential School.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Jeremy Balfour, Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Sharon Dowey, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Michael Marra, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Carol Mochan, Paul O'Kane, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Anas Sarwar, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba, Tess White, Martin Whitfield, Brian Whittle