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

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This consultation is now closed.

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

Should you have any questions or queries about the consultation, the dedicated phone line has closed but you can leave a message until Friday 24 November. Please leave your details and someone will call you back.

Alternatively you can email us on celcis-redress@strath.ac.uk.

After the 24 November, please contact the team by emailing celcis.historicalabuse@strath.ac.uk

What was it about?

We ran a consultation to find out what victims/survivors of abuse in care thought about various options for a potential financial compensation/redress scheme for individuals who experienced any form of abuse in care in Scotland.

If a financial compensation/redress scheme is set up, it may provide victims/survivors of abuse in care with an alternative way to seek justice and compensation. It may also provide tangible recognition of the harm caused to individuals.

What happens next?

At the end of the consultation, an options paper will be produced for Scottish Government to consider. This will take into account the views expressed by those who choose to participate in the consultation, along with evidence from similar schemes which have been implemented in other countries. The options paper will include recommendations for Scottish Government to consider when making its decision on whether to establish a financial compensation/redress scheme.

Who was it for?

The consultation was open to all victims/survivors of historical abuse in care as defined by the Terms of Reference of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. This may include, for example, people who consider themselves as pre-1964 victims/survivors, child migrants, those who have previously been through criminal and civil court proceedings, and any individuals who have not been through any kind of formal process. CELCIS would like to hear from all victims/survivors who experienced any form of abuse in care in Scotland.

We wanted victim/survivor organisations, as well as individuals, to provide their views.

The broader consultation will also gather information from other relevant people, but this questionnaire has been developed with victims/survivors, for victims/survivors.

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You did not need to give your personal details to complete this questionnaire. When you reached the end of the questionnaire, you could choose if you wanted to include your name and contact details.


There was support to help complete your response?

You may have needed support to help you complete the questionnaire and you may have used an existing support (friend/carer or someone else).

If you need more detailed information on the actual questionnaire or consultation you can contact CELCIS on 0808 800 0031 (on Monday and Thursday 9.30am – 4.00pm or Tuesday 9.30am – 7.00pm) or email celcis-redress@strath.ac.uk.

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