Scotland : historic abuse in care and human rights

Kendrick, Andrew and Hawthorn, Moyra and Karim, Samina and Shaw, Julie (2015) Scotland : historic abuse in care and human rights. In: Apologies and the Legacy of Abuse of Children in ‘Care’. Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood . Palgrave McMillan, Basingstoke, pp. 124-134. ISBN 978-1-137-45754-7

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Abstract

This chapter details the Scottish response to the historic abuse of children in care: a government apology, a national review, new legislation on public records, a national confidential forum and counselling support for victims/survivors. It highlights the way in which the focus has been on residential care and little attention has been paid to abuse in foster care. Survivors have expressed frustration at the slow pace of change while others have been critical of what they see as a disproportionate response. A human rights InterAction on historic abuse has brought together key stakeholders, including victims/survivors, in order to take forward a more comprehensive approach to historical justice.