Here at CELCIS, we have over a decade of experience working alongside survivors, service care providers, historical service providers and Scottish Government. This is so that we can find ways to collectively right the wrongs of historical abuse of children in care.
Between 2012 and 2014 we worked in partnership with Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) through an InterAction process to develop the Action Plan for Justice for Victims of Historic Abuse of Children in Care. During this time we successfully managed to build and maintain valuable, trusting, working relationships. For the first time we were able to bring survivors, service providers and representatives of various religions around the table, building mutual respect for others.
In 2014-15, we played a key role in supporting the Scottish Government's preliminary groundwork for the Inquiry into Historical Abuse of Children in Care, chaired by Susan O'Brien QC. We were asked by the Scottish Government to design and facilitate an Inquiry Engagement process ahead of the launch of the Inquiry itself. We organised and facilitated nine events for survivors and three events for care providers and other agencies. The purpose was to invite contributions about the Inquiry's terms of reference, including the attributes of the Inquiry chair and panel. Participants' views on the time bar, a survivor support fund and commemoration were also invited.
Recommendations made by the SHRC Action Plan form the basis of the Scottish Government's commitments to address the needs of survivors.
Our evaluation and research coupled with our face-to-face consultations has produced a series of reports including:
Professor Andy Kendrick and Moyra Hawthorn have been central to our work on historical abuse. Get in touch with our experts to find out more information or talk to us about our work.
If you are a survivor and need further information or support please contact In Care Survivor Service Scotland on 0800 121 6027.