The Scottish Government has made a commitment to work with survivors to develop an In Care Survivor Support Fund Service. £13.5m over five years (2015-2020) was announced by Ms Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.
The approach and delivery model that is being taken forward will be based on an expanded brokerage, development and commissioning model designed around the needs of survivors. It will be a Scotland wide service with outreach capabilities to enable survivors in all geographical locations to have access to resources, support, care and treatment as part of a 'core' service provision.
On 14 March 2016, the Scottish Government announced that a consortium bid consisting of three organisations: Penumbra; Health in Mind and the Mental Health Foundation, supported by a further 26 organisations that provide services for survivors across Scotland, had been successful in securing the tender to administer the In Care Survivor Support Fund for people who were abused while in care as children. Work has been underway to enable the operational systems and processes to be put in place and it is expected the Support Fund will become fully operational in the autumn.
During the initial stages the proposal is to build a non-core, discretionary, payment element into the Service. This will not provide compensation payments to survivors, but will make non-recurring funding available for a range of ad hoc requirements to provide pragmatic support in meeting survivors' social needs and personal outcome goals.
Survivors should be supported to have equal access to integrated care, support and treatment resources and services to reduce the impact of the inequalities and disadvantage they have experienced as a result of abuse. This is at the centre of the proposals for the In Care Survivor Support Fund Service.
Further information about the results of the tender to administer the Survivor Support Fund appeared in a News Release on "Removing time bar" published on the Scottish Government website on March 14, 2016.