Inquiry told greatest danger to children is from people they know.
Byline: CONOR RIORDAN
A CHILDCARE boss told an abuse inquiry that children are more at risk from people who have regular contact with them He also agreed that a charity's ex-village model created an environment which made children vulnerable to predators.
Charles Coggrave, head of safeguarding and aftercare for Quarriers in Renfrewshire, was giving evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
He said: "The evidence is that - particularly talking about sexual abuse - that it's much more common with people you know, by people known to the child."
Witnesses have told the inquiry of suffering emotional, physical and sexual abuse from staff at Quarriers. The facility provided residential care for youngsters in cottages up until the 80s and would usually have just one or two adults in each home, acting as "house parents".
Coggrave told how the type of care and staffing levels for organisationsm like Quarriers has evolved since the 80s - particularly when it came to oversight and complaints procedures. However, he admitted the village model would have made it easier for abuse to happen.
Coggrave added it would have been a difficult environment for anyone to care for such high numbers of children.
He said: "That seems an enormous challenge to me."
The inquiry, before judge Lady Smith in Edinburgh, continues.