Date lodged: 28 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many cases have been raised to date by survivors of child sex abuse under the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017; what its response is to the level of response; how this compares to its estimated figure, and what plans it has to review its overall estimate.
Answered by: Ash Denham 25 October 2018
The information requested is not held centrally. Figures quoted in a recent newspaper article, indicating a year-on-year increase in the number of survivors of childhood abuse looking to raise civil proceedings, were based on the experience of one solicitor firm only. The aim of the legislation is to remove barriers to the raising of actions by survivors, but decisions on whether to raise proceedings are a matter for each individual. We undertook during the scrutiny of the legislation to have an ongoing dialogue with COSLA and others about the impact of the legislation and we remain committed to that. The legislation has, however, only been in force for a year.