Project updates

Baseline survey report of public perceptions of child sexual abuse

1 October 2013

This report is the result of a baseline survey regarding attitudes and responses to child sexual abuse and sex offending in the Tayside area, carried out by Stop it Now! in conjunction with Tayside Police.

Uncertain Legacies: Resilience and Institutional Child Abuse - A Literature Review

27 June 2012

This literature review sought to identify definitions of resilience and the factors associated with increasing resilience in survivors of institutional child abuse. This literature review was undertaken in response to a recommendation of a report on a Pilot Forum, Time to be Heard which recommended that research should be carried out to identify factors which seemed to increase resilience in some survivors. Time to be Heard was a Pilot Forum set up to hear evidence from adults who had been looked after in Quarrriers children's homes in the latter half of the twentieth century many of whom had experienced abuse while in the homes. The aim of the study was to review the academic literature (published between 1990 and 2011) to identify the definitions and the factors associated with resilience, and how this knowledge might contribute to our understanding of adult survivors of childhood abuse while in residential care. The literature reviewed identified resilience as a process rather than an individual character trait or a particular outcome. Two elements were apparent in all the proposed definitions: they described 'positive personal responses' in the face of 'adverse external events'. Much of the literature reviewed related to young people’s experiences in institutional care, but institutional child abuse is a significant and under-researched problem. Disclosure of any form of abuse can often be difficult and challenging, and in the case of institutional child abuse, this has implications for the sort of support offered to survivors who take part in public inquiries and investigations. This merits further attention. Nuturing individual resilience means focussing on strengthening resources available to an individual at personal, social and environmental levels.

Scottish Goverment's Response to Time be Heard: A Pilot Forum

21 March 2011

The Scottish Government's response to the report on Time to be Heard: A pilot Forum.

Jean MacLellan presentation at Time to be Heard Events March 2011

1 March 2011

The presentation made by Jean MacLellan of the Scottish Government at the Time to be Heard events from 1st - 3rd of March 2011.

Report published on Time to be Heard Pilot Forum

23 February 2011

The report by Tom Shaw on the Time to be Heard Pilot Forum is now available on the Scottish Government website.

Tom Shaw, Chair of Time to be Heard, Update October 2010

1 October 2010

Time to be Heard attracted 168 enquiries in the weeks leading up to the commencement of the confidential hearings in May 2010. From these inquiries, 112 applications to participate were received and all but two, which were ineligible, were accepted. By the time the hearings conclude, 98 people will have participated.