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How & Why the Forum Was Established

Establishing the Forum

The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) was set up as part of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014.

The Scottish Government legislated for and funded the Forum to listen to and collect the experiences of adults who were in institutional care as children. However, the Forum operates independently from the government.

The Forum is part of the Survivor Scotland Strategy. The Survivor Scotland Strategy aims to make sure that help and advice is there for anyone who is an adult survivor - that is anyone who was harmed as a child and is now over 16.  

What you say at the Forum will form an important record about the experiences of children in care in Scotland in the past.

Each year the Head of the Forum will write a report based on the testimony collected, using the participant’s own words where ever possible. 

Our aim is to learn from the experiences of those who take part and to make recommendations aimed at ensuring that the time  children and young people spend in care in the future is as positive as is possible. 

Any recommendations we make may talk about wider issues and problems identified.  The actual testimony of individuals will always be protected.  It will be anonymised and remain confidential.

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