Addressing the consequences of childhood sexual abuse

Find out more about childhood sexual abuse

Of course I wish things could have been different but I am stronger now.

Read Steve's experience

I was tired of just surviving. I wanted a life.

Read Terry's experience

No child is responsible for their abuse. No one should feel ashamed.

Read Rachel's experience

I went for help because I didn't want to feel that way any longer.

Read Jan's experience

Welcome to the SurvivorScotland website

The SurvivorScotland website has been developed by the Scottish Government to improve the lives of survivors of childhood abuse and we hope that this site will provide helpful information if you have been affected by child abuse in any way.

Neither SurvivorScotland nor the staff associated with it can provide treatment, counselling or advice for those affected by childhood abuse. If you do need help, please visit our Help and Support section for a list of organisations who may be able to help you.

The SurvivorScotland team, within the Care, Support and Rights Division which is part of the Directorate for Population Health Improvement of the Scottish Government, oversees the Scottish Government's Framework paper SurvivorScotland Strategic Outcomes and Priorities 2015-17 [PDF - 427kB].

SurvivorScotland Strategic Outcomes and Priorities 2015-17

Scotland is one of the few countries in the world to have actively taken steps to acknowledge and address the devastating effects of childhood abuse. It has been through the dedication and bravery of survivors who have spoken out about their own experiences and campaigned relentlessly to have their voices heard that the Scottish Government has listened and responded.

We have learned a lot about what matters to survivors and what services they need. Work to date has highlighted the complexity of issues which surround those who have been abused and the need for coordinated, integrated resources, care, treatment and support.

We know more about what matters to survivors and that services need to be responsive to their individual needs and personal outcomes. A continued focus for the work of the SurvivorScotland policy team will be to improve and develop our workforce and the services they deliver that treat, care for and support survivors across all domains of health and wellbeing including physical, psychological and social in a person centred approach.

A delivery approach has been developed which embeds the views of survivors. SurvivorScotland Strategic Outcomes and Priorities 2015-17 [PDF - 427kB]