Despite Sheriff Kelbie's public statement (4 April 1991) that the children had been 'repeatedly coached' by social workers, this coaching was allowed to continue. Interviewed by independent psychologists, the children insisted that social workers had lied, and that no harm had befallen them. The children's pleas to go home to the safety of their mother were ignored: instead they were told their mother was 'bad', a calumny that they reportedly have now come to accept.
The two youngest children, now seven and 10, have been deprived of access to their mother for nearly two years. They face imminent adoption. In Orkney their mother waits and mourns.
Orkney Seven Action Group
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