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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13601: Iain Gray (East Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its strategy is for encouraging survivors of child abuse to identify themselves to the Child Abuse Inquiry.

Answered by: John Swinney 9 January 2018

The Inquiry has been set up independent of government. This includes the complete independence to consider how best to engage with survivors of child abuse, in terms either of awareness raising or on-going communication. However, the Scottish Government and its funded services do alert survivors to the existence of the Inquiry and offer advice how to contact it, whenever appropriate. We are aware that some survivors may choose not to come forward to the Inquiry and we respect their right to choose.

Future Pathways, Scotland’s In Care Survivor Support Fund, works with adults who experienced abuse or neglect in care in Scotland as a child. The fund co-ordinates access to, and the delivery of, resources, integrated care and support so that survivors can achieve their goals. The Scottish Government also funds survivor support organisations who provide support to all adult survivors of childhood abuse.