About this Guide
The purpose of this guide is to provide information for people considering applying to the Advance Payment Scheme about how to obtain 'a supporting document' – some kind of 'record' which shows you spent time in care in Scotland as a child.
We would always suggest that in the first instance, you contact the Advance Payment Team on 0808 169 9740 to discuss your individual circumstances. We have learned that a conversation with one of our advisors is the best first step to exploring the most likely and effective routes to obtaining a 'supporting document'. Our team have worked with hundreds of applicants since 2019, they understand the many different issues that can come up in the application process and are sensitive to the needs of applicants.
The guide is one of a series of information documents for the Advance Payment Scheme. Please make sure you read the other documents (application form, frequently asked questions and privacy notice) to find out if the Advance Payment Scheme is for you, how to apply and why you need a supporting document for your application.
Important - This guide is not about the financial redress scheme proposed in the legislation currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament. The details of that scheme, including what evidence will be required, will not be finalised until the parliamentary process is complete (expected to complete before the end of this Parliamentary term in March 2021, subject to parliamentary approval)