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PE01596: In Care Survivors Service Scotland

People Communities

Petitioner: Paul Anderson , James McDermott , Chris Daly


Date Lodged: 12 January 2016

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to retain our essential, dedicated In Care Survivor Service Scotland in its current form.

Petition History:


26 January 2016: The Committee took evidence from Paul Anderson and Chris Daly. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Open Secret, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, Barnardo's Scotland and Dr Sarah Nelson. Link to Official Report 26 January 2016

8 March 2016: The Committee agreed to include the petition in its legacy paper for consideration by the Session 5 Public Petitions Committee. Link to Official Report 8 March 2016

27 October 2016: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 27 October 2016

19 January 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. Link to Official Report 2017

26 October 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to the Official Report 26 October 2017

15 March 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Link to the Official Report 2018

24 May 2018: The Committee agreed to invite Future Pathways, Wellbeing Scotland and the petitioner to provide oral evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 24 May 2018


 Written Submissions:

The Essential Dedicated Service

ICSSS (In Care Survivor Service Scotland) is a lifeline to those who experienced in care abuse. Providing locally based development workers across Scotland to offer survivors and their families support, advocacy and confidential counselling.

The staus quo must be kept for the benefit of present day people who are using the service where trust has been built up by repretation and can be passed on

Gordon Johnstone

14:57 on 12 Jan 2016

The service has and is benefitting alot of individuals. To change the service would be detrimental to these individuals and could trigger similar feelings of not being heard whilst in care.

Ashleigh Ronald

13:20 on 12 Jan 2016

The trust and confidence survivors have built in the service over the past years speaks for itself and is underlined by their deep concern that this service would not be available for other survivors in the future.

Sylvia Young

21:52 on 10 Jan 2016

It must be kept, load of people are and would be still benefited by it !! Life is hard enough for those affected and they must have this support for as long as they need it !!

claudia Betancur

9:21 on 09 Jan 2016

I need this,who where can help me!!!

Gordon Wilson

3:40 on 09 Jan 2016

The ICSSS is a lifeline for survivors it is essential to survivors wellbeing it should be funded and maintained it is an essential part of helping survivors to cope and survive their trauma having used this service I cannot praise them enough for their past help and continuing help they have never abandoned me.

Joseph Graham

20:55 on 08 Jan 2016

Without in care survivors . Survivors would b lost in a world of their own . In care survivors give the survivors what they need. Understanding . Hope n counciling for as long as u may need it. N most of all reassurance . In care survivors must carry on for the next generation who will need their help.

yvonne forsyth

13:19 on 08 Jan 2016

I have the right to receive this service.Removing it is a failure by Govt Duty Of Care and Breach of my Human Rights as a Vulnerable Adult.

james mcdermott

12:24 on 08 Jan 2016

ICSSS is valuable and a much needed support network for survivors to access and talk about their individual experiences which is vital. Replacing this with a signposting service will inhibit this process and leave many vulnerable people with nowhere to go for support.

Caren Christie

21:58 on 07 Jan 2016

This dedicated service has been built and developed over several years and encompasses not only direct service users but multi strand affected parties thereby maximising the outreach potential. The complication of access to or cessation of this vital dedicated service would, I strongly believe be an extremely myopic decision. The fallout for survivors regarding years of trust building, a safe place, and continuing support, plus future potential users, would be catastrophic. Please think this through in the long term.

Aisha Scott Hamilton

19:21 on 07 Jan 2016

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