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Child Abuse Debate, 30/04/14 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 30 April 2014 on historic institutional child abuse. The debate was opened by Graeme Pearson (Lab).

The motion was debated without any question being put:

That the Parliament acknowledges the continuing efforts of survivors of historic institutional child abuse, including those in South Scotland, to access justice; recognises that many survivors continue to suffer from the legacy of the abuse that they experienced; believes that, while some steps have been taken to address historic child abuse, much more needs to be done; notes the deliberations of the Public Petitions Committee in its consideration of Petition PE1351, Time for all to be heard, since it was lodged in August 2010; welcomes the publication by the Scottish Human Rights Commission of its Action Plan on Justice for Victims of Historic Abuse of Children in Care; notes that the main aims of the action plan are to achieve acknowledgement and accountability for historical institutional child abuse; further notes that a number of options exist for improving accountability, including a full public inquiry, the establishment of a survivorsí support fund and tackling the barrier of the time bar in allowing survivors access to justice, and notes calls for action to improve support for survivors of historic institutional child abuse and allow them access to justice.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 30 April 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 30 April 2014