A public inquiry investigating historic child abuse allegations at an Aberdeen children’s home will start next year.
The Scottish Government inquiry is examining the alleged abuse of children in care and has been taking statements since last spring.
Officials said the second stage of the inquiry will focus on five homes run by the Catholic Church.
They will examine homes run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and the Sisters of Nazareth.
In early 2018, the inquiry will look at four Nazareth House sites, which includes Aberdeen.
People with experience of the homes are being asked to contact officials.
A statement issued on behalf of the inquiry said: “Evidence given at hearings will supplement written statements taken from witnesses in advance and documents which have been recovered by the inquiry team during the course of investigations.
“The inquiry will continue to take statements from survivors in private sessions and from a range of other witnesses, and urges anyone with information or experiences of establishments run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul or the Sisters of Nazareth to contact the witness support team as soon as possible.”
The inquiry has taken statements from abuse survivors in Scotland.
It will hold its first public sessions in May. They will take place at Roseberry House in Edinburgh and are expected to last about seven weeks.
They will hear evidence of the history and governance of large care providers of residential and foster care to children in Scotland and faith-based organisations, and whether there is any retrospective acknowledgement of abuse.
There will be evidence from Quarriers, Barnardo’s and Aberlour Child Care Trust.
The Church of Scotland/ CrossReach, the Bishops’ Conference, the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Benedictines are also to give evidence.
The Scottish Government will give evidence on the nature, extent and development of the state’s areas of responsibility for children in residential and foster care.