Further help

The following organisations and services also provide support to people who have experienced abuse and neglect in care.    

Call 999 or go to A&E now if you do not feel that you
can keep yourself or someone else safe. 

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and webchat service. It is for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 who is feeling low mood, depression or anxiety. Open 6pm to 2am Monday to Thursday, and 6pm to 6am Friday to Sunday. 

Phone for free on 0800 83 85 87 

Future Pathways

Future Pathways supports people who were abused or neglected as a child when they were in the Scottish care system. They support people in their life goals and help them work towards them. The service is free. Future Pathways can help people to find local services, access local activities, access support for mental health and access training and education.    

Phone for free on 0808 164 2005 


The NHS has a 111 out-of-hours service which offers urgent health advice. It is sometimes called ‘unscheduled care services.’ This means that the service is there for you when other sources of support, like a doctor or dentist, are closed.    

Phone for free on 111  

The Samaritans  

The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like. You can talk in your own way about whatever is going on. They have a helpline, email service, letter service and a self-help app. Helpline open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Phone for free on 116123 

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry   

You can contact SCAI if you wish to share evidence about the abuse which took place.   



Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is finding it difficult to cope. 

Text SHOUT to 85258