Date lodged: 1 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how much it will invest in the current parliamentary session to support survivors of historic and recent child abuse.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 June 2016
Scotland is one of the few countries in the world that provides dedicated funding for survivors of abuse.
A consortium bid had been successful in securing the tender to administer the new national survivor support fund for people who were abused while in care as children with a total budget of £13.5 million over the next five years. I refer the member to the answer to question S4W-30625 on 14 March 2016. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at:
Since 2007, £1.5 million has been invested in the In Care Survivors Service Scotland (ICSSS). Open secret, the survivor organisation that administers ICSSS has been awarded a total of £100,000 in grant funding for the period between 1 April 2016 and 30 September 2016 to ensure the continuing provision of support for the in care survivors that currently access ICSSS services, while the new survivor support fund is in development. The support fund will become fully operational in the autumn.
Since 2007, £9 million has been invested in third and voluntary sector organisations providing a wide range of local services that support all survivors of abuse across Scotland. In December 2015 20 organisations that provide services for all survivors received grant funding of £1 million in total under the survivor innovation and development fund. We plan to at least match this funding in the current financial year.
In September 2015, the Scottish Government announced that an additional £1.85 million would be invested in providing support for victims of sex crimes across Scotland, including survivors, through the services provided by rape crisis Scotland. The 14 rape crisis centres in Scotland will each receive £40,000 in 2016 and 2017. The additional funding will also be used to support the development of new local services in Orkney and Shetland and to expand the local service in West Lothian.
In addition, while not targeted at survivors specifically, in December 2015 the Scottish Government announced that 116 third and voluntary sector organisations supporting children, families and adult learning have been awarded £12 million from the children, young people and families early intervention and adult learning and empowering communities fund. This will benefit thousands of children, families and communities across Scotland, including survivors and a number of the organisations that provide support for them.