It has been reported by the BBC that since the showing of the programme, “Sins of the Father” in March 2013 further victims of abuse have come forward with allegations of abuse relating to the Fort Augustus Abbey School and the linked preparatory school, Carlekemp Priory School.
The BBC has reported that there are now around 50 victims of abuse. It is further reported that Father Davidson, former headmaster of the school has resigned from his senior role as religious superior at St. Benet’s Hall as the investigation into the abuse continues. See our previous blog for further information - 'Abuse Claims against Fort Augustus Abbey School - our Child Abuse Solicitors discuss'
Over the weekend it has also been reported that a dedicated support helpline has been set up to support the victims of abuse at Fort Augustus and Carlekemp Priory School. The helpline has been set up by the charity, Children 1st. The number will be passed to victims who are interviewed by the police as part of the on-going investigation into the schools. The support line number is 0800 345 7457 and is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 10pm and weekends 12pm until 8pm.
At Slater and Gordon our expert Sexual & Physical Abuse Solicitors support the call for an independent inquiry into the abuse at the schools. We are also pleased to see that a helpline has been set up to provide assistance to the victims. It takes great courage to come forward and report abuse and it is important that victims receive the support they need in order to assist with the police investigation.
Should anyone wish to speak to a member of our specialist abuse team about any of the issues raised in this article please feel free to contact a member of our team on 020 7657 1658 for free confidential advice.