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S5W-10498: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what specific funding has been allocated in 2017-18 to organisations that provide support for male victims of sexual abuse.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 23 August 2017

The Scottish Government provides funding to a wide range of organisations that provide support for male victims of sexual abuse, both in terms of specific services for victims of sexual abuse and more general victim support services.

Support for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The provision of support services for survivors of childhood abuse is the responsibility of local Health and Social Care Partnerships. However, the Scottish Government works alongside statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations to build greater capacity and capability to address the needs of all survivors. The Scottish Government’s Survivor Support Innovation and Development Fund has made available £1,800,000 for 2017-18. This includes an award of £40,000 to Speak Out Scotland, a voluntary organisation that supports and assists in improving the lives and wellbeing of male survivors of childhood sexual assault. Through the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund (CYPFEIF), the Scottish Government is providing £25,000 to the Moira Anderson Foundation in 2017-18 to support their work with victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Support for Victims of Rape and Sexual Abuse

The Scottish Government will provide funding of £1,204,000 to Rape Crisis Scotland in 2017-18, which is used to fund 14 local rape crisis centres, a Rape Crisis Helpline and to enable Rape Crisis Scotland to provide a strategic approach to tackling rape and sexual assault. Rape Crisis Scotland provides support services for people who have been raped or sexually abused, regardless of sex or gender – this breadth of service was reflected in their recent “I Just Froze Campaign”, funded by the Scottish Government, to increase public understanding of responses to rape.

Support for Victims of Sexual Exploitation

The CYPFEIF will provide £300,000 to Barnardo’s Scotland in 2017-18 to strengthen capacity to tackle child sexual exploitation in Scotland, including the exploitation of boys and young men. Funding supports awareness raising of child sexual exploitation in both schools and the community, direct support for children at risk of, or who have experienced, child sexual exploitation, as well as helping to progress a number of actions within the National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation.

The Scottish Government will also provide funding of £465,454 to Migrant Help in 2017-18. Migrant Help supports adults who have been trafficked for the purposes of any form of exploitation, including men who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation. The support package provided by Migrant Help includes access to safe accommodation and material assistance, as well as help to access information and specialised care such as medical treatment and counselling. Victims are also provided with access to translation, interpretation, legal services and help to access compensation. Psychological services are provided to victims via the ANCHOR project, which is a service provided by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board and funded via an additional grant payment of £70,000 for 2017-18 from the Scottish Government.

General Victim Support

Funding of £4,217,000 will be provided to Victim Support Scotland by the Scottish Government in 2017-18. Victim Support Scotland provides support and information services to over 200,000 people affected by crime each year, including victims of sexual abuse.

With regard to younger victims, Childline (operated by the NSPCC) will receive £313,200 of funding from the Scottish Government to provide confidential advice and information to children, young people and families affected by all issues, including sexual abuse, and for specific projects to increase access to vital support for children and young people.