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National Confidential Forum

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 functions:

  • 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 Forum.

Please find a link to the NCF website here.