More than 120 people claim abuse in Glasgow children`s homes

    At least 120 children of two former children’s homes have
    alleged they were sexually abused while in the care of the local
    authority predecessors of Glasgow Council.

    The abuse is alleged to have taken place in Eversley
    Children’s Home in the Pollokshields area, and in Downcraig
    in the peripheral housing scheme of Castlemilk.

    Eversley opened in the 1950s, looking after around 18 children,
    but closed in 1979 when the residents moved to Downcraig.

    Downcraig accommodated around 40 children aged between 12 and 15
    years. It was beset with problems of delinquency and complaints
    from local residents leading to its closure in 1988.

    The sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred between 1974 and
    1986. Three men, aged 43, 45 and 72, have been charged by the
    police, and a report has been submitted to the procurator
    fiscal.

    The council admits that its records from that time are poor, and
    it will be difficult to trace all the former residents. Strathclyde
    police are convinced that further complaints are likely and are
    appealing to all former residents and staff of the children’s
    homes to come forward.

    Detective Sergeant Peter McPike of Strathclyde police is
    co-ordinating the investigation and said: “Former residents and
    staff of these children’s homes have moved to other parts of
    the country, and we believe that some may even have settled in
    Ireland.”

    Glasgow Council has set up a support line for all former
    residents and staff: Strathclyde police contact: 0141 532 6754 and
    Glasgow Council social work department: 0141 771 8481.

     

     

     

     

     

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