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• There are 2 main reasons why the service should be funded for the future. The first is that there are service users who continue to require a specialised service from ICSSS because they recognise our needs and meet our needs, again see Focus Group input and evaluation reports. To remove this would make survivors of incare abuse invisible and unhealthy all over again. It is unethical to offer a service and then shut it down so soon. Trauma does not work this way. This is also in the context of survivors who did Time to be Heard being traumatised again and having the fear of ICSSS disappearing in a few months.

• The 2nd reason is that ICSSS is saving costs for other health organisations.

• Scottish Government will not fund ICSSS beyond October 2011. Focus Groups, consultations with service users found substantial evidence of why the service should continue. The service has also completed extensive evaluations and for example the counselling statistics show that 72% of service users to counselling have experienced an improvement to their health.

• The Government should understand that the psychology world documents that abuse/trauma in infancy and childhood affects all aspects of a child’s development. Please note that I know 30% of service users have severe and enduring mental health problems which have not been treated by the NHS.

• ICSSS and survivors clearly understand the ongoing trauma related symptoms which affect their ability to engage in society, as is everyone’s right. This includes access to employment, training and volunteering. It is clear that trauma is long lasting and that 3 years is not enough time to promote recovery, especially as many service users did not access the service from the very first day.

• Survivors are out there who have not accessed the service because they do not want to start receiving help for it to be taken away. This is backed up by the results of the Focus Groups. The self help group of survivors which is called INCAS has been reinstated and there were survivors from 28 to late 80’s all looking for help from many different care homes. INCAS is a self help group and not professionally trained to offer therapy or advocacy.

• ICSSS must have saved NHS and other organisations because survivors no longer want to engage with psychiatrists (many have said that we should put the past behind us), and GP’s have not provided the appropriate support – we need to build trust and GP’s don’t have enough time to build up trust and the NHS counselling is 10-12 sessions which is not enough.

• Survivors often highlight that ICSSS helps families which is important because it has a ripple effect. There are young people having to be carers to survivors, as seen in the papers recently. Survivors have found it challenging to raise their own children to be unaffected by their parents’ trauma symptoms.

• The government recommends lessons should be learned from Time to be Heard, so that the State care is better for children of today. We agree with this. However, the Govt should recognise that adult survivors of in care abuse are yesterday’s children who didn’t have the opportunity of proper care.

• The Govt plans to offer a Confidential Forum/consultation to others from other care homes and yet they are not offering the same support from ICSSS for those who already participated in their consultation process for Quarriers and need to see that support through. The Govt must realise those people continue to be traumatised and some trauma has been increased since the consultations. It is unethical to expect survivors to go back to services they came from, when those services did not work for them.

• It is also false economy to start a National Project with start up costs and for it to end without survivors being helped to recover. For example, workers have been up-skilled to be more specialised in the help they offer, it has taken time to develop an infrastructure within the partners and to ensure the right staffing and much more importantly it has taken this time to begin to build trust with survivors of abuse in care. Networks are being built which took alot of time at the start of the project and workers, I understand, continue to receive requests for presentations and continue to receive referrals. Some are now word of mouth from other service users.

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