Who can register?

We are here to offer support and help to anyone over 18 who was abused or neglected as a child in care in Scotland.

To be able to register, any abuse or neglect you experienced must have taken place within a care setting. This includes:

  • Living in residential or foster care
  • Boarding school (either state, private or independent)
  • Having a long term stay in hospital
  • Or spending time in a Young Offenders’ Institution

As long as you are over 18 now, and the abuse or neglect took place before you were 18, you can register.

It doesn’t matter if:

  • the abuse or neglect has been reported to the authorities (such as the police)
  • there are current or past criminal or civil proceedings taking place
  • you have previously accessed other services
  • you are currently receiving benefits.

And it doesn’t matter where you live now – even if you no longer live in Scotland, you might still be able to access support from Future Pathways. Contact us today and our team will be in touch as soon as possible

What type of support can I get?

Your support from Future Pathways is built around you, and what is important to you in your life. Everyone is different.

The types of support we can help with include:

    • Activities within your local community
    • Counselling
    • Psychological trauma support
    • Arranging housing and benefit advice
    • Access to records
  • Work and education

You might have a clear idea about the type of support you need – or might need a bit of help getting to that place – but whatever the nature of the support, our goal is the same – to have a positive impact on your life, regardless of where you live, or when the abuse took place.

The following examples aim to show the range of reasons people may contact Future Pathways for support.

These are just examples and do not cover every circumstance. We would urge you to contact us for a chat to find out if you are eligible, and to start the process of identifying what support you would like to access.

Gordon wanted to find out more about his background and his family, and contacted Future Pathways to see if he could get some support to access his records.

Jennifer spent time in the care system as a child, and felt her experiences during this time had a negative experience on her education. She contacted Future Pathways to see about accessing support with literacy and numeracy.

Sharon had accessed different counselling services in the past but felt she may benefit from a different approach. Through registering with Future Pathways she was able to access more specialised support.


Any information you give us will be stored confidentially, and only used so we can co-ordinate your support. You have choice and control over all the information you provide.

Any discussions you have with staff at Future Pathways will be entirely confidential. The only time we would share information is if we’re concerned for your safety, or the safety of a child or vulnerable adult. If this happens, we will still tell you what we are going to do.

Survivor Journeys

Richard’s Journey

I am a bit unsure what to write as there is so much to say. I guess the best wording is, thank you. I was put in touch with my Support-Coordinator, John, in September of 2016 and it is no exaggeration when I say the help I’ve had from him and Future Pathways has made a huge difference to my life.

This has, and will continue to be, a very difficult journey not only for myself but many other survivors. However, through all this darkness there are occasions where a person comes in to the picture and helps to brighten things up for you, and John has really done that.

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 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.

Thank you for everything you are doing and have done already for myself and many others.