Future Pathways

Future Pathways supports people who have experienced abuse or neglect in care in Scotland

Partners: Penumbra, Health in Mind, Scottish Government, and Glasgow City Council Health and Social Care Partnership

Quick fact: The Scottish child abuse inquiry team has spoken to more than 200 survivors of in-care abuse since the inquiry was setup in 2015[i]

Future Pathways was launched in September 2016 to offer support to people who were abused or neglected as children while living in care in Scotland. It is supported by funding from the Scottish Government and is managed by a group of organisations that make up the Future Pathways Alliance who oversee the fund and make sure it is reaching as many survivors as possible. Future Pathways co-ordinates access to and the delivery of resources, integrated care and support so that survivors can achieve their own goals.

Some examples of support people have accessed so far include: searching for records, trauma support and counselling, adult education classes, arts groups, travel to visit family, support to get into work, legal advice, health and fitness classes, driving lessons and access to further education.

Richard, Future Pathways client

“My trust over the years in any sort of establishment has understandably been completely eroded, and Future Pathways has helped to restore not only that a little bit but also my faith and trust in people, which I never thought possible. I am in my eighteenth session of counselling with someone who really understands me. I’m also getting swimming lessons on a one to one basis, which will eventually help me greatly – when I’m able to stop swallowing half the pool! I’ve also had help with practical things which have made my only place of safety, my home, feel a lot more like a home. One of the most important parts of this whole picture is that John [from Future Pathways] has been so easy to approach. I feel like a person, not a victim, when I have had to contact him, and I know that he genuinely cares."

For more information, please contact:

Anne Hunter (Communications and Engagement Manager – Future Pathways)

ahunter@mentalhealth.org.uk

[i] BBC Scotland (2017) Scottish child abuse inquiry hears apologies over 'deplorable' attacks. 31 May 2017. Retrieved from www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-4009327