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Summary

  1. FOR LIVE TEXT COVERAGE PLEASE SCROLL DOWN
  2. MSPs took evidence from renewables companies and experts in the field
  3. Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney was in the hot seat for this week's portfolio questions
  4. Scottish Labour argued the case for more social care investment
  5. The National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Abuse was the topic for the member's debate

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. The convener brings the debate on the National Strategy for Survivors of Child Abuse to a close.

    The convener brings the debate on the National Strategy for Survivors of Child Abuse to a close.

    That's all from Holyrood Live today, we return with the Scottish Commission for Public Audit from 10am tomorrow morning. 

    Scottish Parliament
  2. Minister concludes pledging to meet with Margaret Mitchell to discuss the future of the strategy

    The minister says he will be happy to discuss the future of the strategy.

    Mr Hepburn commits to meeting Margaret Mitchell to discuss.

  3. The need to focus on outcomes for survivors is key - Minister

    Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume asks if the minister recognises the need for a long term relationship between survivors and councillors.

    Mr Hepburn says there is a role of the NHS in supporting the survivors.

    He praises the courage and bravery of survivors who have spoken out about the abuse they have suffered.

    The minister says the inquiry remit has been widened.

    He says there is a need to focus on outcomes for survivors and the £13.5m announced in May will help to do this.

  4. Scottish government prioritises preventing child abuse.

    Health Improvement and Mental Health Minister Jamie Hepburn begins by praising the work of the cross-party group.

    Mr Hepburn details governmental support for survivors of sex abuse.

    Health Improvement and Mental Health Minister Jamie Hepburn

    The minister says 1 in 8 children will report abuse, but the shocking statistic is 1 in 4 children are the victims of abuse.

    That is why the Scottish government prioritises preventing child abuse. 

  5. The victim must be at the centre of the justice system

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame agrees that the majority of sexual abuse takes place in the home or the community.

    Ms Grahame joins with preceding MSPs in congratulating Margaret Mitchell for her work as chair of the cross-party group.

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame

    She says the victim must be at the centre of the justice system and a resolution of sorts must be provided for victims of sexual abuse.

    The Justice Committee convener says the committee is very sympathetic to Ms Mitchell's Apologies Bill.

  6. There are concerns about the narrowness of the remit of the historical child abuse inquiry - Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm says it was the cross-party group that was the main influence on developing the strategy.

    Survivor groups have always been crucial to the strategy, says the MSP.

    Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm

    Mr Chisholm says the survivor groups should be in leadership roles in taking the strategy forward. 

    He says there are concerns about the narrowness of the remit of the inquiry. 

  7. System must respond appropriately to abuse survivors - Lib Dem MSP

    Scottish Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume says we should always do our best to provide protection to children who may be subjected to abuse.

    But Mr Hume says systems must be ready to respond appropriately when abuse does happen.

    Scottish Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume

    The Lib Dem MSP says more staff are needed to build services around the country.

    Mr Hume says counsellors should not be underestimated as the survivors must be able to trust them.

    He says counsellors must have appropriate experience to deal with these situations and build rapport with the child abuse survivor. 

  8. Background: SurvivorScotland strategy

    The SurvivorScotland strategy is now ten years old.  

    Whilst its initial focus was on child sexual abuse the strategy's policy work and the work of those delivering services to surviviors has rightly covered all forms of abuse.

    The Scottish government's work to date has highlighted the complexity of issues which surround those who have been abused and the need for coordinated, integrated resources, care, treatment and support.

    Young person sitting in th corner with her head in her hands

    It's vision for Scotland's adult survivors of childhood abuse is rooted in the Scottish ambition for all citizens to be healthy, active participants in all aspects of Scottish life. 

    Although a great deal has been achieved so far we must take steps to recognise and tackle the significant inequalities that survivors often experience as a result of their abuse and ensure that as policies and services are developed and the needs of survivors are met.

  9. 'Worrying silence' about the future of the national strategy on child abuse

    The Conservative MSP says there has been a worrying silence about the future of the national strategy.

    Ms Mitchell says there are many opportunities to update the strategy to support the courageous survivors.

    She says the concerns must be addressed as a matter of urgency. 

  10. 'Too many survivors reported a revolving door experience'

    Scottish Conservative Margaret Mitchell says the national strategy was developed mainly by the cross-party group and successive health ministers.

    Ms Mitchell says too many survivors reported a revolving door experience without having their needs satisfactorily addressed.

    Scottish Conservative Margaret Mitchell

    This is why the survivor led approach was adopted, says the chair of the cross-party group.

    Ms Mitchell says there are now serious concerns regarding the future of the strategy.

    She says there is still a lack of trauma services available. 

  11. More needs to be done to support the increasing number of survivors coming forward - Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Graeme Pearson says the sexual abuse of children is particularly harrowing.

    Labour MSP Graeme Pearson

    The former policeman says progress is being made in the government strategy but that more needs to be done.

    Mr Pearson says survivors and others are concerned that the services are not being properly funded and it's important to continue support as more survivors continue to come forward.  

  12. Support must be led by survivors - former education secretary

    SNP MSP Mike Russell says initiatives, support and the inquiry must be survivor led. 

    Mr Russell says this is a political issue and "the slowness of the political process is something we should all be ashamed of". 

    The former education secretary says the fund set aside is £13.5m to develop a dedicated in care support service for survivors.

    SNP MSP Mike Russell

    The dedicated support fund for survivors of abuse placed in care by the state will run for the next five years.

    This will enable survivors to identify their own personal goals and access the right support to achieve them, according to the Scottish government..

    An additional £1 million to enhance the support available to all who have been abused, whether in-care or not, through the SurvivorScotland development fund, was also announced earlier this year.

  13. All survivors of child abuse deserve justice

    The cross party is clear that all survivors should have support, says Ms Lamont.

    The Labour MSP says 80% of child abuse happens at home or in the community.

    All survivors deserve justice, she says.

    Ms Lamont says the exclusion of some survivors from the Historical Child Abuse Inquiry is wrong.

    She urges the minister to listen carefully to these concerns.

  14. Background: Legal action threat from 'left out' survivors

    Legal action is being threatened to force the government to widen the remit of the inquiry into historical allegations of child abuse in Scotland. 

    Last month survivors group White Flowers Alba said it was seeking a judicial review because the inquiry will not look at their cases. 

    It claimed this was "unfair" as similar investigations elsewhere in the UK were looking at all instances of abuse. 

    White Flowers Alba Submission to O'brien Inquiry 2015

    The Scottish government said the inquiry must focus on a set time frame. 

    The public inquiry was ordered in December last year and followed allegations which emerged in a BBC Scotland investigation of institutional abuse at a former Catholic boarding school at Fort Augustus in the Highlands. 

    It is headed by Susan O'Brien QC and will take up to four years to report. It formally began its work in October. 

    But White Flowers Alba has said its remit was too narrow.

  15. Survivor-led services crucial for supporting victims - Labour MSP

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont says the survivor-led services are crucial for supporting victims and that any confusion in the delivery of this service impacts adversely on survivors. 

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont
  16. Majority of childhood abuse takes place within immediate family or community - Labour MSP

    Ms Lamont says survivors' groups, including the cross-party group, Open Secret in Falkirk and others, have concerns about the future of the strategy. 

    The Labour MSP says the overwhelming majority of childhood sexual abuse takes place within the immediate family or the community. 

     Ms Lamont says the intent of the national strategy is to be of benefit to all survivors and to provide a platform for other initiatives, including the Historical Child Abuse Inquiry Scotland and the National Confidential Forum.  

  17. 'We have come a long way on this difficult issue.'

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont says this is an opportunity to recognise the importance of the Cross Party Group on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

    Ms Lamont praises all the survivors and those who work with them for their contributions to the strategy.

    The Labour MSP says: "We have come a long way on this difficult issue."

    Ms Lamont says we are more aware of child abuse but the test is if there is enough understanding of the issue. 

  18. Labour MSP congratulates those involved for making a difference to survivors of childhood abuse

    Scottish Labour MSP Johann Lamont says it is 10 years since the launch in September 2005 of the National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Abuse.

    Ms Lamont believes that the Cross Party Group on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse was instrumental in establishing a strategy that has benefited all survivors. 

    Scottish Labour MSP Johann Lamont

    The Labour MSP congratulates everyone involved with survivor services in Pollok, across Glasgow and throughout Scotland on the difference they make to people's lives.    

  19. Member's business: National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Abuse debate

    Labour MSP Johann Lamont now leads a debate on the National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Abuse. 

  20. MSPs pass the amended motion from the debate on social care

    MSPs back SNP amendment to the Labour motion from the social care debate, which is then passed.