Recovery from abuse and trauma
Children who have been abused or hurt feel most of the pain on the inside.
Abused children and young people can suffer from long term mental illness - such as depression - loneliness, and develop dependency on drugs or alcohol.
Both they and their parents or carers need sympathetic, skilled support if they are not to take this pain with them into adult life, often with long term and tragic consequences for themselves and others close to them.
We believe that every child or young person who has experienced any kind of abuse should be entitled to reclaim their future. Sadly, a shortage of abuse recovery services, inadequate measures for helping vulnerable young witnesses and the stigma that is attached to child abuse prevents many children or young people from overcoming their experiences of trauma or abuse.
We call for:
- Widely available abuse recovery services for every child or young person who has experienced abuse. Briefing on Abuse Recovery Services
- Adequate information on where to access abuse recovery service in every local authority in Scotland.
- Special measures, including intermediaries, to help children give their best evidence in court. Justice for Children Briefing on Intermediaries