A religious order has received more than 400 allegations of abuse from former residents of its children’s homes in Scotland.
The Sisters of Nazareth also revealed 71 children were sent to the other side of the world, “to be cared for” in Australia.
Giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, the nuns have offered an unreserved apology to anyone abused in its Nazareth House homes in Aberdeen, Cardonald, Kilmarnock and Lasswade.
The order looked after nearly 15,000 children during the period being covered by the inquiry.
It is aware of 404 civil actions and complaints over alleged abuse within its homes.
In written submissions, the Sisters said that with hindsight, staffing levels had been too low and oversight unstructured.
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