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Complete the anonymous and confidential online survey to tell us about barriers to accessing the proposed National Confidential Forum.

National Confidential Forum

The National Confidential Forum has been proposed by the Scottish Government to give adults in institutional care as children (in Scotland) the opportunity to describe their experiences in an understanding, supportive and confidential environment.

The National Confidential Forum (NCF) is expected to begin its work in the autumn of 2014. It will be hosted by the Mental Welfare Commission and operate independently. Find out more about the NFC.  

Consultation on needs of LGBT adult survivors of institutional abuse in Scotland

Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans*?
Did you spend some or all of your childhood in Scotland?
Were you placed in institutional care?
Did you experience abuse, including neglect, while in care?

We would like to hear your thoughts and look at the conditions that need to be met for LGB and/or T individuals to share their experience about childhood institutional abuse.

Beyond individual participation we are also seeking engagement and views on behalf of organisations and institutions who directly or indirectly engage with the above identified survivors. 

On an individual level the consultation is open to anyone who has experienced childhood institutional abuse in Scotland, regardless of where they now reside.

Participate in this consultation

  • Complete the online survey
  • Participate in one to one interviews in Scotland
    • 24-26th February 2014
    • 17-20th March 2014
    • further dates to be released
  • Participate in the focus group in Scotland
    • early April 2014
  • Talk to us via our online chat service 

Your needs will be carefully considered to enable it as easy as possible for you to take part in this consultation.

Interviews and focus groups will be conducted in collaboration with external counselling services.

For further information on how to engage via one to one interviews and focus groups please contact

Confidentiality and privacy concerns

If you choose to participate in this consultation your points and thoughts will be heard in an atmosphere of supportive non-judgemental acceptance and you will not be, at any point, questioned about the nature or extent of your abuse, but will be supported to say as much as or as little as you like.

If you choose to share your personal details, your personal information will not be disclosed to anyone else apart from the consultant.

Why we are doing this research

We will use your contribution to draft recommendations to ensure the National Confidential Forum process of acknowledgment of this experience is fully accessible and inclusive of all who identify as LGB and/or T.