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Abuse forum must have 'emphasis on restorative justice' say MSPs

Jun 03, 2013

from the article on STV News:

A plan to offer child abuse victims a forum to relive their experiences must be accompanied by an emphasis on achieving justice for survivors, a committee of MSPs has concluded.

The Scottish Government wants to establish a National Confidential Forum (NCF) to "provide an opportunity for adults who were placed in institutional care as children to recount their experiences in a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive setting".

But Holyrood's Health Committee has previously heard that the NCF "does not go far enough" and could make matters worse if witnesses are asked to relive traumatic experiences without any offer of justice or compensation....

The committee has welcomed Scottish Government efforts to reform the time-bar laws, which limit the time in which proceedings can be brought, and work undertaken on restorative justice.

Convener Duncan McNeil said: "It was clear from evidence we heard that the creation of this forum will not right the many wrongs of those that suffered whilst in institutional care as children.

"However, it is hoped that the forum may give some adults the opportunity to be heard in a safe and confidential setting, which is why our committee is today supporting its creation.

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