Date lodged: 18 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that there is support for the range of needs of survivors of child sexual abuse.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 25 January 2017
The provision of support services for survivors of childhood abuse is the responsibility of local Health and Social Care Partnerships. However, the Scottish Government works alongside statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations to build greater capacity and capability to address the needs of all survivors.
To support improved access and the integration of services the Scottish Government has since 2007, invested £10 million in third and voluntary sector organisations enabling a wide range of local services to support all survivors of abuse across Scotland. This works enables survivors to access a wide range of services which can reduce the impact of inequalities and disadvantage experienced as a result of abuse.
In 2016-17 the Scottish Government Survivor Support Innovation and Development Fund awarded a further £300,000 to organisations across all sectors enabling greater integration and partnership working between services.