Engaging survivors of historical child abuse

There is still time to have a say – new dates announced

celcisTwo new dates have been announced by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) for events hosted on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The events are an opportunity for survivors of historical abuse in care or in institutions in Scotland to have a say in the remit of a National Inquiry, as well as considering other commitments the Scottish Government has made to support survivors of abuse.

One of the ways to contribute would be to attend one of the events, which will be conducted in a safe environment.  Support will be available for those who need it.

These events are for survivors and their families only.  Care provider organisations were invited to separate events.

Event dates and locations – new dates added

Tuesday 17 March – 11.00 to 14.00 – City Chambers, Edinburgh
Thursday 19 March – 11.00 to 14.00 – Trades Hall, Glasgow

Giving your views

If you are not able to attend these events, you can share your views in other ways:

Online: Visit the online survey

Email: survivor.engagement@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Phone: For information and support call 0808 800 0031
(Free from landlines and most mobiles: 3, EE, O2, Orange, T-mobile, Virgin and Vodafone.)

The Scottish Government
The National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse
Area 2 A North
Victoria Quay

Immediate help

If you would like to speak to specially trained counsellors offering help specifically for survivors of historic in care abuse please contact the In Care Survivor Service Scotland (ICSS) Helpline on 0800 121 6027.

If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support, the following organisations may offer support.

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
Your call will be confidential and will be taken by a trained Samaritans volunteer.
Local rate: 24 hours a day

Health in Mind: 08088 02 04 06
Provides free, confidential telephone counselling for adult survivors of any type of childhood trauma who are living in Scotland.

Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87
If you are depressed or experiencing low mood, phone and speak to a Breathing Space advisor.
Mon-Thu: 6pm-2am Weekend: 6pm Fri to 6am Mon

NHS 24: 111
If you are ill and it can’t wait until your GP surgery opens.
If you have an emergency situation or need an ambulance dial 999.

The Ethnic Survivors Forum: 0808 80 22 222
Support services for minority ethnic adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Open Secret: 01324 630100
A confidential service for survivors of childhood abuse.
Mon- Thu 9am–5pm, Fri 9am–3pm

ChildLine: 0800 1111
Free helpline for children and young people in the UK to talk about any problem.
Open 24 hours

Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02
Provides a national rape crisis helpline for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.
Open 6pm-12pm

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