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NCF Head Jayne Laidlaw issues a message to Scotland's care-experienced people during Covid-19 crisis

NCF Head Jayne Laidlaw issues a message to Scotland's care-experienced people during Covid-19 crisis

Posted by: admin | 25 March 2020| Categories: Case Studies , Events , Team News , Reports

As the Covid-19 crisis continues to have a devastating impact on us all, it has been heart-warming to see local communities come together in a position of unity and strength to support the most vulnerable.

On behalf of all the team at the National Confidential Forum, I want to take the opportunity to pass on our condolences to family and friends of those who have lost their lives in this nightmare pandemic.

I particularly want to issue a message to Scotland’s care-experienced people who may not have strong family networks to rely on for support. We hope you are reaching out to each other through social media if you can, and are finding ways to stay safe and well and occupied. 

Here at the National Confidential Forum we remain committed in our duty to give a voice to people who experienced residential or institutional care as a child in Scotland and are working tirelessly to ensure we can still reach out to these people.

Our phone line remains open for anyone who experienced the care system as a child in Scotland. You can call us on 0800 121 4773 or visit our website to learn more about having your voice heard and how you can help us shape a better care system for Scotland’s future.

We still have the capacity to offer care-experienced people the opportunity to have their testimony heard by the Forum and we are working tirelessly to implement further ways to do this, including by telephone and by video call. Currently people can provide a written testimony without attending a hearing in person.

Our expert team of hearing co-ordinators will be there to lead you through the whole process and answer any questions you may have.

If you are thinking about coming to the National Confidential Forum or have already given us your testimony, this time of crisis and isolation may be triggering distressing memories for you.

I want you to know that our dedicated support line remains open too and we can be contacted on 0808 801 0342.

Feedback we have had from care-experienced people who have already called our support line before having their testimony heard told us that the support they received enabled them to talk confidentially in a safe and neutral way about what coming to the Forum might mean for them.

And for people who have given their testimony, we know it can be distressing and can bring back painful memories for some.

This time of crisis for our country is difficult for us all – but it is incredibly hard for some care-experienced people who may not have strong family networks to turn to for support and are feeling particularly vulnerable and lonely during this period of isolation.

This is an unprecedented time of crisis but by working together and following all the guidance set out by the Scottish Government and our amazing NHS, we will come through this together.

Jayne Laidlaw

Head of the National Confidential Forum 

 

 

 

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