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The In Care Survivors Service Scotland, a partnership led by Open Secret, is a trauma informed counselling and advocacy support service for adults who suffered childhood abuse in care and their families.

Our remit has also been widened so that we can offer the same services to people who have experienced any form of abuse and been in the care system, but where the abuse did not necessarily take place in a formal care setting.

It is a team of specially trained counsellors offering help specifically for survivors of historic in-care abuse under the national framework of advocacy, and counselling services, and to survivors of abuse who have also been in care. Services include:

Providing locally based development workers across Scotland to offer survivors and their families support, advocacy and confidential counselling;

  • A national confidential telephone Helpline line - 0800 121 6027 -currently available from 9am to 11am Monday to Friday, for those of you who have not yet been allocated a worker or to make a new referral. 
  • A one stop service for help to access historical records from childhood care settings
  • An informative website highlighting the support available; and
  • Help for survivors to access the Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme and support to pursue some legal issues (for example support to attend court).

The measures form part of SurvivorScotland, the national strategy which aims to improve services supporting those who have suffered childhood sexual abuse.