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Removing time-bar from civil actions against child abuse 18/11/2016 Legislation to remove the three-year time limit that prevents childhood abuse survivors from seeking civil damages in court has been published in the Scottish Parliament.

Removing time-bar from civil actions against child abuse

Legislation to remove the three-year time limit that prevents childhood abuse survivors from seeking civil damages in court has been published in the Scottish Parliament.

The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill – the Scottish Government’s first piece of legislation of the 2016-17 Parliamentary year – is part of Ministers’ wider commitment to fulfil the recommendations from an extensive independent consultation (InterAction) with survivors of childhood abuse conducted in 2014.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has also updated Parliament following further meetings with representatives of survivors on issues relating to the independent public inquiry into the abuse of children in care which started in October last year.

He announced that the Inquiry terms of reference would be amended to make clear its scope includes the abuse of children in care wherever that occurred, though it will not be extended further to include all allegations of abuse in non-residential settings.

The Deputy First Minister also pledged a formal consultation with survivors and other relevant organisations focused specifically on the issue of redress outwith the courts.

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