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NCF welcome introduction of the Redress Bill following Parliamentary summer recess

NCF welcome introduction of the Redress Bill following Parliamentary summer recess

Posted by: JoeWallace | 30 June 2020| Categories: Case Studies , Events , Team News , Reports

The National Confidential Forum has hailed the Scottish Government’s announcement to introduce the Redress Bill following the Parliamentary summer recess.
In the Programme for Government 2019-20, the Scottish Government committed to introducing a Bill to provide financial redress to survivors of historical in-care child abuse in this year’s legislative programme. The same legislation will likely include repeal of the National Confidential Forum but an end date is not yet known.
While the Covid-19 emergency and response has affected all aspects of government work, including the preparation of draft legislation, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has reiterated the intention of the Government to introduce this important Bill.
Following John Swinney’s statement, Jayne Laidlaw, Head of the National Confidential Forum, welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensure the Covid-19 crisis does not postpone the move to introduce the Redress Bill for survivors of historical abuse in care in Scotland.
Jayne said: “On behalf of the many participants who have shared their experiences of institutional care with the Forum, we are relieved to hear that the Redress Bill will not be delayed.
“The passage of this Bill will represent an important milestone in the long-fought campaign of survivors of childhood abuse in care in Scotland.
“It is right and proper that the Redress Bill will be introduced to Parliament after the summer recess in spite of the public health crisis we continue to endure.
“The introduction of this Bill is testimony to the commitment of Scottish Government to do the right thing by survivors and we look forward to seeing the Redress Scheme being established in due course.”
The National Confidential Forum was established in 2014 to listen to anyone over the age of 16 who has been in residential care in Scotland.
NCF (the Forum) has three statutory functions: To hear testimony from people who experienced institutional care; to record and report on what they hear and make recommendations for improvement; to support and signpost people to assist their recovery from their experiences.
What people decide to tell the Forum is kept confidential and reports are anonymised so that participants can’t be identified.

If you experienced institutional care in Scotland and want to be formally heard and acknowledged, call NCF on 0800 121 4773.

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