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Scottish survivor groups encourage all survivors of abuse in care to take part in a milestone consultation which closes on 17th November 2017. Survivor groups in Scotland have called on all survivors of abuse in care to take part in this important consultation, which will allow individuals to share their views on a possible financial redress scheme for the first time. Former Boys and Girls Abused in Quarriers fully support this consultation, which was put together in partnership with other victims/survivors groups, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, CELCIS, the Scottish Government and others.

The consultation is open to all victims/survivors of historical abuse in care as defined by the terms of reference of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and is available online here.


PDF Document FBGA, in conjunction with the Interaction Review Group and CELCIS, have been involved in compiling a questionaire, and have circulated it to victims/survivors of in care abuse via Drummond Miller our legal representatives to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

As was highlighted when we gave evidence to the inquiry recently, we have also submitted a proposal paper to the Interaction Review Group for a tariff-based redress and financial compensation scheme. This is our preferred option being based on the individual merits of each case and the personal experience of the victims/survivors (PDF format).


PDF Document CELCIS are running a consultation to find out what victims/survivors of abuse in care think about various options for a potential financial compensation/redress scheme for individuals who experienced any form of abuse in care in Scotland.

If a financial compensation/redress scheme is set up, it may provide victims/survivors of abuse in care with an alternative way to seek justice and compensation. It may also provide tangible recognition of the harm caused to individuals. The consultation is open from 4 September 2017 to 17 November 2017.

Send us your completed paper copy or complete the questionnaire online. You can request a paper copy from CELCIS by email or by telephone on 0808 800 0031 (Monday and Thursday 9.30am – 4.00pm or Tuesday 9.30am – 7.00pm) A FREEPOST envelope for you to return your paper copy will be supplied.


PDF Document Scottish Human Rights Commission's response to Margaret Mitchell MSP regarding the Scottish Justice Committee, 23/05/17. This is in relation to the exemptions requested by the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland from the Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016, about which FBGA have raised serious concerns (PDF format).

PDF Document Fbga submission to the Scottish Human Rights Commission InterAction, November 2014 (PDF format).

PDF Document Scottish Human Rights Commission InterAction Open Event for Victims/Survivors, 15th December 2014 (PDF format). Also available in html here.

PDF Document Scottish Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell's statement to the Scottish Parliament concerning the Scottish Human Rights Commission InterAction plan and with regard to a national inquiry into historical abuse in Scotland, 11/11/2014 (PDF format).

PDF Document Scottish Human Rights Commission press release following the Scottish Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell's statement to the Scottish Parliament, 11/11/2014 (PDF format).

PDF Document Notes from a meeting between FBGA and other victims-survivors and Scottish Government Ministers to highlight the case for implementation of the InterAction Summary Plan, 13/08/14 (PDF format).

PDF Document A summary of responses to the consultation on the SHRC InterAction on Historic Abuse of Children in Care plan, June 2014 (PDF format).

PDF Document The Scottish Human Rights Commission and CELCIS have now published the proposed "InterAction on Historical Abuse of Children in Care - Action Plan". We would kindly request that everyone with an interest in seeking equitable remedies, resolutions and positive outcomes in resolving the Scottish historical abuse issues, take the time to study and read these proposals, especially former residents and their families directly affected by historical abuse issues. Please find attached the Action Plan, an invitation letter asking for responses to the Action Plan by 22nd January 2014 and a response form. Many thanks for all your contributions to the InterAction and in helping us reach this important stage. In the meantime FBGA will continue to consult those directly affected and others with an interest in these issues (PDF format). You can also download a Word format version of the Action Plan here.

PDF Document SHRC InterAction on Historic Child Abuse Open Event for Survivors/Victims of Historic Abuse. 12th December 2013, 10.00 - 1.00 pm, Room 226, Lord Hope Building, 141 St James Road, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G4 0LT. See attached details of the event and directions including a map. If you would like to discuss anything else regarding this Survivors/Victims Open Event, please provide Kelly Claffey at enquiries on +44 (0)141 444 8700 with a contact number and she will ask Prof Kendrick or Moyra Hawthorn to give you a call (PDF format).

PDF Document The Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) co-hosted their 2nd InterAction day event on the 20th June 2013. This was to discuss the four elements of "Acknowledgement and Apology", "Reparation", "Inquiry" and "Access to Justice". Please find attached the programme for the day. This event was a follow-up to the mini interactions and the victims-survivors event held previously. The 2nd Interaction was attended by a broad spectrum of victims-survivors, including FBGA, INCAS, past and present institutions, religious orders, Catholic Church representatives, Quarriers, Scottish Government and local authorities, a former TTBH Commissioner and many others including current residential employees representation. A draft action plan was proposed which we will highlight on the website in due course with a view to seeking further views and input from former residents and others (PDF format).

PDF Document Flyer for the SHRC InterAction on Historic Child Abuse open event for survivors/victims of historic abuse on 17th June 2013, between 11am and 3pm at Room 229, Lord Hope Building, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. To register, please contact Kelly Docherty by email, telephone 0141 444 8707 or write to SASS, Floor 6 Lord Hope Building, University of Strathclyde, 141 St James Rd, Glasgow, G4 0LT. For further information go to the SHRC website or contact Andrew Kendrick or Moyra Hawthorn, telephone 0141 444 8646/8501 (PDF format).

PDF Document SHRC Press Release: SHRC InterAction attended by FBGA and other parties including Scottish Government officials, the Minister and Quarriers. Update on the InterAction meeting on historic abuse, 08/03/13 (PDF format). Html version here.

SHRC questionnaire. Please complete and return as soon as possible by completing the form electronically and emailing to shrcinteraction@strath.ac.uk or by printing and posting to SHRC InterAction, CELCIS, University of Strathclyde, Level 3, Lord Hope Building, 141 St James Road, Glasgow G4 0LT.

This InterAction will be a process where those involved meet together to talk about implementing the Human Rights Framework on historic child abuse. It will involve individuals, groups and organisations including people who spent time in care as children, the agencies that provided services, the staff who worked in them and others involved. The purpose will be to develop an action plan which will outline agreed steps to advance access to justice.

As part of the preparations for the InterAction, the Commission and CELCIS would like to hear your views. Your responses will be kept confidential to CELCIS and the Commission. More information about the InterAction can be found by visiting the dedicated website at www.shrcinteraction.org

You can give your responses in a number of different ways by:

• completing an online version at www.shrcinteraction.org
• completing the form electronically and emailing to shrcinteraction@strath.ac.uk
• printing a copy or requesting a form and sending it to:

SHRC InterAction, CELCIS, University of Strathclyde, Level 3, Lord Hope Building, 141 St James Road, Glasgow G4 0LT. If you need a printed version of the form please contact the information line on 0141 444 8551 by 17 January 2013.


PDF Document Human Rights Framework for historical child abuse document summary prepared by the Scottish Human Rights Commisson, Autumn 2012 (PDF format).

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has produced a video outlining how we'll use the Human Rights Framework for the design and implementation of an InterAction on historic child abuse in Scotland.The Commission has produced the framework impartially and independently with input from survivors, experts in historic child abuse and international experts with experience of the national Forums which have already taken place in Ireland and Canada. The video is also embedded below.




The CELCIS-SHRC InterAction website went 'live' on Monday 13th of August and can be accessed on www.shrcinteraction.org This website will be regularly updated. Members of the Project Team are currently in the process of having initial preparatory meetings with key stakeholders and we hope to have a questionnaire ready by the end of August for wider distribution. At this point they would welcome feedback from all individuals and groups with an interest in this process. Contact Moyra Hawthorn at shrcinteraction@strath.ac.uk

PDF Document FBGA's submission document for the SHRC InterAction. Please note that this InterAction is a Forum for independent mediation and resolution. It is a process where those affected and those with responsibilities are directly engaged in addressing the issue requiring resolution, in this case implementing the "Human Rights Framework" on historical abuse. The InterAction will be facilitated by an Independent Chair. Where FBGA refer to Forum-Inquiry in this document, it can be viewed as one complete element/component or as separate elements/components. FBGA would like to thank all those former Quarriers residents and others who contributed thier views to this important document, April 2012 (PDF format).

PDF Document The Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS) has been appointed as facilitator for the proposed Scottish Human Rights Commission Interaction. FBGA have also agreed to participate in the SHRC Interaction. Please see attached document. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed their views to the recent FBGA paper regarding Interaction consultation, March 2012 (PDF format).

The Scottish Human Rights Commission As part of their work to implement the recommendations of the Human Rights Framework for Justice and Remedies for Historic Child Abuse the Commission plans to hold (an) interaction(s) in 2012 with all of those who have a stake in the issue. The purpose of these interactions is to agree an action plan to implement the recommendations. The Commission is now inviting applications to tender for the preparation of such (an) interaction(s). This will involve risk assessment, preparatory meetings with all constituencies, project planning, and convening of interaction(s). The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 8 February 2012.

Scottish Petitions Committee Official Report 29/11/11. Duncan Wilson, SHRC and Scottish Government Ministers give evidence, pages 5-16.

PDF Document Scottish Human Rights Commission review of International Human Rights Law relevant to the proposed Acknowledgement and Accountability Forum for adult survivors of historical abuse, February 2010 (PDF format).

PDF Document Scottish Human Rights Commission framework document and recommendations for the proposed Acknowledgement and Accountability Forum, February 2010 (PDF format).

PDF Document FBGA's submission to the Scottish Human Rights Commission, dated 22nd June 2009. In addition there is an FBGA Press Statement at the end of the submission as to the FBGA group's current position in relation to the historical abuse issues proposed Pilot Forum in Scotland (PDF format).

The Scottish Human Rights Commission are conducting a consultation on behalf of the Scottish Government concerning historical abuse "Acknowledgement and Accountability". FBGA would encourage all Quarriers Survivors abused in-care in Scotland to contact them independently and directly to ensure their rights respected and their voices heard! FBGA have submitted a paper which we will publish in due course.

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