Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom



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Orkney child abuse inquiry newspaper cuttings

This file contains 1 folder containing 92 articles:

  • Photocopies and press cuttings of articles relating to the events surrounding the suspected child abuse in Orkney and subsequent enquiry. Articles from mostly from the "Glasgow Herald" and also "Independent on Sunday", "Scotsman" and "Community Care" journal.

Orkney child abuse inquiry related reports, articles and briefing papers

This file contains 9 items:

  • Report on children’s hearing cases in Kirkwall 4 April 1991 before Sheriff D Kelbie, undated
    Article for Glasgow Herald from Tony Worthington, Labour MP for Clydebank and Milngavie, 15th April - 1991 
  • Letter to John Gilbert, Editor, Social Work Today from AMM Wood regarding reference to RSSPCC workers in Orkney case, 16 April 1991 
  • Annual General Meeting, briefing paper 5, Orkney: professional issues: the RSSPCC Perspective, April 1991 
  • Annual General Meeting, briefing paper 6, Why the RSSPCC supports the appeal against Sheriff Kelbie’s judgement, April 1991
  • Overnewton Centre, Working with families where child sexual abuse has occurred: a review of practice 1987-1991, c1991 
  • Overnewton Centre, Child sexual abuse project 1987-1991: management committee report for sponsoring agencies, October 1991 
  • Submission to the Orkney Inquiry conducted by Lord Clyde, Overnewton Centre, child sexual abuse project, February 1992 
  • Photocopy of Orkney inquiry report: part five summary, 27 October 1992

Following allegations of organised sexual abuse involving the children and parents of several families in Orkney, children believed to be at risk were removed from their homes between November 1990 and February1991 and placed with foster carers on the mainland. On the 4th April 1991 at Children’s Hearing regarding the case the Sheriff deemed the proceedings incompetent and the children were returned to Orkney. The case received massive media attention and sensationalised reports in the press at the time.