Izzy’s Promise is a charity organisation based in Dundee, Scotland (UK) that offers free and confidential support services to :

  • Ritual/organised abuse survivors
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers
  • Ethnic minorities
  • People trafficked via rituals.

As recognised experts in the field of ritual and organised abuse we also:

  • Offer training and consultancy services
  • Conduct research into causes of ritual abuse and any ways of preventing or relieving the suffering caused by abuse
  • Recruit and train volunteers to work towards supporting survivors of ritual/organised abuse and those who support them
  • Network with other agencies

Izzys Promise (SC033706), Eighteen And Under (SC026688) and 18Plus (SC040662) are seeking the views of abuse survivors and their families on the following. A statutory inquiry is to be held into historical abuse of children in care in Scotland to try and find out the truth.

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The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, on behalf of the Scottish Government made a Parliamentary statement on 17 December 2014 announcing the  Governments’ intention to hold a National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse. This also set out  a commitment to engage with Survivors and relevant organisations to seek views on the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry, as well as the attributes of the Chair and Panel. On the 29 January 2015, the Scottish Government invited survivors and relevant organisations to offer their views on the terms of reference and attributes of the Chair and Panel for the National Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse.

Many people have already said that they think a national inquiry is needed. They have made suggestions for its potential scope and what it should seek to achieve. We will take those views into account but we want to reach as many other people as possible.

Survivors and relevant organisations as well as the general public can now write or email their views to the Scottish Government by contacting Survivor.Engagement@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

More information on the Inquiry, including details of these local and regional events, can be found on the dedicated section on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/Young-People/protecting/child-protection/historical-child-abuse



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This is a consultation by Izzy’s Promise a charity organisation (SC033706) based in Dundee, Scotland (UK) that offers free and confidential support and information services to survivors of organised/ritual abuse, BME groups, vulnerable and disabled people, and people with mental health problems occasioned by ritual/organised abuse suffered in their childhood. This survey is aimed at abuse survivors. If this applies to you, please complete the following. Your name will not be recorded anywhere in the final report, and no one will be able to link it to you. All personal information will remain confidential. Your participation in this research project is voluntary. If you do not wish to answer a question, you may refrain from doing so.
National Confidential Forum as a Mode of Acknowledgement and Apology
The key functions of the NCF are to receive and listen in private, to the experiences of adults placed in institutional care as children and to offer acknowledgment of those experiences; to contribute to the prevention of abuse of children placed in institutional care in the future by making proposals to inform policy and practice based on the experiences recounted in hearings of the NCF; and to signpost participants to services which can offer support, advocacy, advice and information before during and after testimony is given.
Definition of key terms
  1. Abuse can take many forms, including sexual, emotional, physical, neglect, bullying, racism and homophobia.
  2. Institution is defined as a place, organisation or system of caring for persons who are destitute, neglected, abused, disabled, asylum seekers, refugees, delinquents, or mentally ill.

Future Contact and Support

If you would like to get in touch with us for support or volunteering with us please get in touch by emailing josephlumbasi@aol.com or Tel 01382224737.

Free Reports/Research

Research results – Sexual exploitation – the scale of the problem in Dundee

A new article – Misunderstandings about ritual abuse

This article explains why Izzy’s Promise was set up and quells some of the myths surrounding the term ‘ritual abuse’ and what it actually means.

 A new report – The Silent Minority

This report was initiated after concerns were raised by several organisations at a Glasgow Rape Crisis Training event to members of Izzy’s Promise Staff (formerly T.R.A.S.H.) in February 2007. These organisations working with Asylum Seekers in Scotland expressed fears that some Asylum Seekers were unable to report ritual abuse cases and subsequently were not being granted asylum in the UK.

As a result of these fears T.R.A.S.H. sought funding from Awards for All to commission this report.