Scotland: historic abuse in care and human rights

Andrew Kendrick, Moyra Hawthorn, Samina Karim, Julie Shaw

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This chapter details the Scottish response to the historic abuse of children in care: a government apology, a national review, new legislation on public records, a national confidential forum and counselling support for victims/survivors. It highlights the way in which the focus has been on residential care and little attention has been paid to abuse in foster care. Survivors have expressed frustration at the slow pace of change while others have been critical of what they see as a disproportionate response. A human rights InterAction on historic abuse has brought together key stakeholders, including victims/survivors, in order to take forward a more comprehensive approach to historical justice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApologies and the Legacy of Abuse of Children in ‘Care’
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives
EditorsJohanna Sköld, Shurlee Swain
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-45754-7
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • children in care
  • human rights
  • child abuse
  • abuse
  • historic abuse
  • Scotland


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