The Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care (SIRCC) and the Care Leavers’ Association (CLA) have been funded by the Scottish Human Rights Commission to carry out some research which will inform recommendations by the Commission on how human rights can best be realised in the design and implementation of an “Acknowledgement and Accountability” Forum in Scotland for those that were abused in care as children. We are due to submit a draft report of our findings to the Commission on the 15th December.

However, the Scottish Government informed us (SIRCC and the CLA) last week that Scottish Ministers have already agreed some of the parameters for a pilot of the forum without being informed by our research. We feel that it is important to be transparent and open about this. In relation to our research, we are still going ahead and reporting the findings in their entirety, but in doing so, also highlighting any contradictions with the parameters of the pilot Forum that have already been decided. The document which outlines the parameters of this forum can be downloaded below:

 Acknowledgement and Accountability Pilot

Tom Shaw, the chair of the pilot forum, will be making a statement in the next few days on the SurvivorsScotland website. Anyone who would like more information on the proposed pilot should contact