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Police Investigating Non-recent Child Abuse at Fettes College in Edinburgh

Police are investigating allegations of non-recent child abuse at one of Scotland’s most exclusive private schools.

Fettes College in Edinburgh, a fee-paying school with many famous former pupils such as Tony Blair and Sir David Murray, is now at the centre of a Police Scotland investigation into alleged abuse carried out by former teaching staff in the mid-1980s. 

A spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed that the matter will be reported to the Crown Office, confirming: “An investigation has been carried out into reports of non-recent abuse at Fettes College.” 

Anyone with any further information on alleged abuse at Fettes College is advised to contact police at this time. 

Non-recent Child Abuse in Scotland 

Previously, it wasn’t possible to bring claims for non-recent abuse in Scotland because of a strict interpretation of the three year “time bar”, which meant that personal injury claims must be brought within three years of the injury/abuse happening. 

Following a consultation on the proposed removal of this time bar, which Slater and Gordon responded to in September, the Scottish government has now announced that it will change the law regarding limitation. 

In addition to this, Susan O’Brien, one of Scotland’s leading QCs, will chair a public inquiry to probe allegations of non-recent child abuse in Scotland. 

In England and Wales, abuse at residential schools will be investigated as part of Justice Lowell Goddard’s national inquiry into non-recent child abuse. 

Hywel Thomas is a personal injury solicitor specialising in abuse claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK. 

Slater and Gordon have the UK’s most experienced team of child abuse solicitors and have offices throughout the UK, including Edinburgh. We are currently advising clients on bringing claims within the Scottish jurisdiction. 

Our specialist abuse lawyers offer a free consultation for anyone affected by physical or sexual abuse, regardless of when it took place. We completely understand how much courage it takes to speak out about abuse and give you our assurance that any communication with us will be dealt with in strict confidence. 

To arrange a free consultation with a member of our expert abuse team, call us anytime on freephone 0800 916 9046. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can contact us online and let us know where and when you’d like us to call you.

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