Date lodged: 21 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that child abuse survivors who were abused in communities have the same access to support as survivors who were abused in institutions.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 17 January 2017
Additionally In September 2015, the Scottish Government announced that an additional £1.85 million would be invested in providing support for victims of sex crimes across Scotland, including survivors, through the services provided by Rape Crisis Scotland. The 14 rape crisis centres in Scotland will each receive £40,000 in 2016 and 2017. The additional funding will also be used to support the development of new local services in Orkney and Shetland and to expand the local service in West Lothian. In December 2015 twenty organisations that provide services for all survivors received grant funding of £1 million in total under the Survivor Support Innovation and Development Fund.
To support improved access and the integration of services for survivors across statutory and third sector the Scottish Government has since 2007, invested £9 million in third and voluntary sector organisations enabling a wide range of local services to support all survivors of abuse across Scotland.
The provision of support services for survivors of child abuse is the responsibility of local Health and Social Care Partnerships.