Supporting child abuse survivors
We are supporting survivors of child abuse by:
- changing the law so that they can get justice
- funding organisations and initiatives that support survivors both in and out of care
- funding an independent inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland
Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill
We introduced the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill in November 2016 to remove a barrier preventing child abuse survivors from accessing civil justice. It fulfils a recommendation from the Scottish Human Rights Commission.
- remove the three-year limitation period for personal injury actions where the person raising the action was a child (under the age of 18) at the time the injury occurred, and the act or omission that caused the child's injuries constituted abuse
- remove the limitation period whether the abuse occurred before or after new provisions began
- apply to abuse that took place after 26 September 1964 – meaning that if an individual suffered abuse prior to 26 September 1964 and did not raise a claim before 25 September 1984, the rights of the bill do not apply
Support for all survivors
Survivor Support Innovation and Development Fund
This funding is intended to support development and innovation that enables service providers to expand their capacity and capability, primarily by working with local and other third sector services to provide better-integrated services.
From 2016 to 2017 we allocated almost £1.8 million of Innovation and Development funding to services for survivors of child abuse. See funding allocations for 2016 to 2017.
We are currently assessing funding applications for the 2017 to 2018 period. Any enquiries should be directed to Inspiring Scotland at email@example.com.
Innovation and Development Fund Network
We set up the Innovation and Development Fund Network to enable voluntary organisations in Scotland to share information on project development, learn from each other and improve their ways of working.
The Network's first meeting was in January 2017 and its second in May 2017.
National Trauma Training Framework
We have commissioned NHS Education Scotland to lead the development of a comprehensive National Trauma Skills and Knowledge Framework and National Training Plan for those working with people across the lifespan (including children and young people) who are affected by trauma and abuse in Scotland.
The Transforming Trauma Knowledge and Skill Framework is expected to be published at the end of May 2017. This framework will equip practitioners working in both the statutory and voluntary sectors with the knowledge and skills to be able to identify risk of abuse and respond in a way that enables positive outcomes for survivors of abuse and trauma.
A National Training Plan will be developed over the following two years and reviewed in 2019.
More information on the aims and timescales of the National Trauma Training Framework project is available on the NHS Education Scotland website.
Support for in-care survivors
Future Pathways fund
We opened the In Care Survivor Support Fund (ICSSF) in September 2016 and renamed it Future Pathways in February 2017.
Future Pathways aims to offer a person-centred, outcomes-based approach that identifies what matters to survivors. It is working with a range of organisations from the statutory and voluntary sectors, and is keen to talk to organisations who currently provide support to survivors and are interested in offering their services to the fund.
We are investing £13.5 million over five years (2015 to 2020) in Future Pathways to enable it to help people who have experienced harm due to abuse in care to access funds and services tailored to their needs.
In 2014 the Scottish Human Rights Commission used an 'InterAction' process to allow those affected by historic child abuse, as well as institutions, government, civil society and others to share their views on how the Human Rights Framework should be implemented.
The process identified financial redress as one element of reparation for in-care survivors of abuse.
In November 2016 we committed to running a consultation to explore the issues and gather a wide range of views on the provision of financial redress for in-care survivors of abuse. The consultation will be carried out by the InterAction Action Plan Review Group and the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS), and is expected to run from May to July 2017.
More information on financial redress is available on the CELCIS website.
Survivors Support Team
The Survivor Support Team works within the Care, Support and Rights Division as part of the Scottish Government and are as follows:
- Vikki Milne – Team Leader
- Julie Crawford – Policy Officer
- Claire Soper – Engagement Manager (cross-policy role)
- Shona McIntosh – Specialist Clinical Adviser/Consultant Clinical Psychologist
The Survivor Support Team give policy advice regarding people harmed by child abuse in Scotland. We do not provide direct support or counselling services to stakeholders.
For policy related queries, please contact:
Survivor Support Policy Team
St Andrew's House