Uncertain future for abuse charity

Open Secret
Open Secret

An award-winning charity which works with survivors of sexual abuse faces uncertainty as its main funder puts the service out to tender.

Open Secret in Thornhill Road, which receives £90,000 a year from Falkirk Council, was the subject of a confidential report which came before local councillors this week.

Following the private meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed to open up bidding for a new and future contract.

It is understood that the charity will continue to be funded by the council until the tendering process is complete.

A council spokesperson told The Falkirk Herald: “The Executive considered an external review on Open Secret on June 9.

“Members agreed that there was a continuing need to make provision for survivors of sexual abuse and agreed that officers should take forward a commissioning and procurement process for the supply of these services.

“It is anticipated that these arrangements will be in place by April 2016.”