The National Confidential Forum (NCF) is set
up under the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014.
This Act amends the Mental Health (Care &
Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003 to allow for the NCF to be a
committee of the Mental Welfare Commission for
Scotland. The NCF Head is accountable to the Chair of
the Commission. The Commission is responsible for the overall
strategic direction of the NCF, but the NCF will operate
independently from the Commission while sharing some corporate
The NCF has three statutory
- to receive and listen to testimony from those who were in
institutional care as children with the aim of contributing
positively to their current health and wellbeing.
- to prevent harm to children and young people currently in care
by learning lessons from the past.
- to signpost other appropriate services to those who were in
care as children - before, during, and after hearings.
The NCF will also record the experiences of those who were in
care as children - to enhance public knowledge and understanding of
an important part of Scotland's history.
The Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health,
Jamie Hepburn, has appointed a new Head, Dr Rachel
Happer, to lead the Forum into the next stage of its work. Having
made a major contribution to the establishment of the Forum, the
former Head, Anne Currie, has stepped down. He has also
appointed two new members to the Forum, Mr. James Malcolm and Dr.
The NCF members are ;
- Dr. Rachel Happer - Head of National Confidential Forum
- Ms. Stella Everingham - Forum member
- Professor Kay Hampton - Forum member
- Dr. Elizabeth Calder - Forum member
- Mr. James Malcolm - Forum member
- Dr. Emily Taylor - Forum member
The work of the Forum continues, and Forum members
are eager to hear testimony from people with experience of
Please find a link to the NCF