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

What is it about?

We're running a consultation to find out what victims/survivors of abuse in care think 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.

The consultation is open from 4 September 2017 to 17 November 2017.

How do I take part?

Send us your completed questionnaire as a paper copy or by completing the questionnaire online.

By post

We are happy to send you a paper copy – you can request this by email at celcis-redress@strath.ac.uk or by telephone on 0808 800 0031 (on Monday and Thursday 9.30am – 4.00pm or Tuesday 9.30am – 7.00pm).
We will include a FREEPOST envelope for you to return your paper copy.

Online

When can I take part?

The consultation runs from 4 September 2017 to 17 November 2017.

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 is it for?

The consultation is 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 also hope that victim/survivor organisations, as well as individuals, will 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.

Why should I give my views?

It is important that we hear the views and opinions of victims/survivors who may ultimately use any financial compensation/redress scheme that may be developed.

Confidentiality

You do not need to give your personal details to complete this questionnaire. When you reach the end of the questionnaire, you can choose if you want to include your name and contact details.

Is there support to help me complete my response?

You may need support to help you complete the questionnaire and you may want to use an existing support (friend/carer or someone else).

If you are part of an existing group, you may want a CELCIS representative to come to your group to provide further information on the questionnaire or consultation.

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