In Care Survivors Service Scotland

The In Care survivors Service Scotland (ICSSS) is a support service for adults who suffered childhood abuse in care and their families.

Service Description

It was developed to highlight and address the long term effects, as well as current and future needs of those survivors subjected to neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse whilst in care.

The service offers counselling, advocacy, befriending, group support, service user group, and access to records.

Offering a safe place for you to talk about things that may be affecting your life. It is your choice what you discuss and we will go at your pace. You will have a first appointment to decide which service would suit you best and then you will be offered as many sessions as you need. They have qualified counsellors working from a range of different counselling approaches based across Scotland and will try to ensure that you are seen locally.

If you need support with practical issues such as benefits, housing, criminal injuries compensation claims, they have workers who can help you. ICSSS can also help you to access records of your time in care.

You will be linked with a befriender who will help you gain confidence in dealing with new experiences. A befriender can help to establish links within the local community and to access social, educational and recreational opportunities.

Many people find it helps to share their experience with others to support one another. ICSSS offers women support groups, men support groups, art therapy and writers groups.

Library and Resources
ICSSS have a large library in our offices with over 500 books on childhood sexual abuse, health related issues, self help books etc. We will be compiling a database of providers of care across Scotland with details of who to contact to access records.

How To Get In Touch

This service accepts referrals and direct self-referrals on 0800 121 6027

Service Categories


Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

This service is for people who have experienced abuse whilst in care, and their families.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Open Secret
98 Thornhill Road

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Service Contact

Tel: 01324 630100
Email: [email protected]

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Translation Service
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.

Provider's Name: Open Secret

Type: Charity/Voluntary

open secretOpen Secret provide confidential support to individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by childhood abuse or trauma.  The services are available primarily in the Forth Valley area, but some services are available throughout Scotland. Open Secret offers a holistic service including individual support, family support, groupwork, befriending services, complementary therapies, and advocacy support. Open secret is open to both men and women, of all ages. They also support families, and friends of survivors.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 01324 630100
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

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