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 services functions.
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 work of the Forum is ongoing. Forum members are keen to
hear the testimony of every care experienced person who would like
to take part in the Forum.
Dr Rachel Happer is the Head of the National Confidential
Please find a link to the NCF website here.