A consultation for victims/survivors of abuse in care in Scotland

This consultation is now closed.

If you were able to take part and give your views – thank you.

Thank you to all the victims/survivors who made contact with CELCIS to discuss the consultation and broader issues relating to historical abuse..

We have shared this update directly with those participants in the consultation who provided details and gave permission for us to get in touc.

Who was this consultation for?

The consultation was for survivors who meet the Terms of Reference of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. In summary, those who experienced abuse or neglect as a child in Scotland while living ‘in care’ at the time the abuse took place, regardless of the setting in which it occurred. This includes those living in residential or foster care, living in a boarding school (whether this be state, private or independent), having a long-term stay in hospital, or time spent in a Young Offender’s Institution.

What happens next?

We are pleased to say we had a very strong response. We received 179 responses from individual survivors and two from victim/survivor organisations. We are extremely grateful to all of you who took the time to complete the questionnaire.

CELCIS is now analysing the responses to the questionnaire, and will prepare a factual summary report on this, first for discussion with the InterAction Action Plan Review Group. It will then be published on this website. The analysis process includes independent oversight and verification.

The Review Group will also discuss what's required in order to develop the options paper for Scottish Government to consider when making its decision on whether to establish a financial compensation/redress scheme for survivors of abuse in care, and the timing for submitting this paper.

The options paper will take into account:

  • the views expressed in the consultation;
  • evidence from similar schemes which have been implemented in other countries; and
  • recommendations for the Scottish Government.

CELCIS, in partnership with The Review Group, is balancing the need to ensure that this work is thorough and robust with the desire to move forward quickly to the next stage.

Immediate help

If you become upset and you need immediate help, please contact one of the following support services:

Breathing Space
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland.
Helpline: 0800 83 85 87
Monday to Friday: 6pm – 2am
Friday to Monday: 6pm – 6am

Samaritans offers support round the clock.
Helpline: 08457 90 90 90
24 hours a day, 365 days a year