Around 5000 files relating to historical child abuse are held by Police Scotland.
Compensation paid to Scottish victims of childhood sexual abuse could total around £200m, MSPs have been told.
The Scottish Government has recently tabled legislation which would expand the time limit on compensation claims, meaning many more victims may come forward.
An independent inquiry into historical sexual abuse in Scotland is currently under way.
Alistair Gaw, of Social Work Scotland, told Holyrood’s justice committee the compensation bill could run into millions of pounds.
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