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.

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.

What happens next?

We received 179 responses from individual survivors and two from victim/survivor organisations to the consultation. We are extremely grateful to everyone 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 for sharing and discussing with the InterAction Action Plan Review Group. It will then be published on the CELCIS website. The analysis process includes independent oversight and verification.

The Review Group will also discuss what's required to develop the options paper for Scottish Government to consider, and the timing for submitting this to them. The options paper will include recommendations for Scottish Government to consider when making its decision on whether to establish a financial compensation/redress scheme. Research into the international redress experience will feed into this paper.

The Review Group is balancing the need to ensure that this work is thorough and robust with the desire to move forward quickly.

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 the questionnaire. When you reached the end of the questionnaire, you had the option 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), or contacted the CELCIS team.

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

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