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National Confidential Forum

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The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has been set up as part of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014. The Scottish Government has legislated for and funded the Forum to show the importance given to 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. You can find out more about that at or by phoning the Survivor Scotland Team on 0131 244 1723 or 0131 2443633.

What people say at the Forum will form an important record about children in care in Scotland in the past. The Head of the Forum, will write a report each year, so that everyone can find out what has happened over that year. Part of the report each year will cover how the Forum was run. It is very important to learn from those who take part about how they found the experience. All participants will be invited to give us feedback.

We hope to be able to identify lessons we can learn from the experiences of those who take part. Our work in the Forum aims to help ensure that children and young people in care will be safe in the future.The reports from the Forum and the recommendations will be based on the testimony of those who take part. These recommendations may talk about wider issues and problems. The testimony of individuals will always be confidential.

By giving your testimony you will have done a valuable service for people like you who were in care as children; for children today and in the future and for anyone who lives or has ever lived in care in Scotland.