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Advance Payment Scheme - supporting documents: guidance

Published: 26 Nov 2020

Guidance for people 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.

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Advance Payment Scheme - supporting documents: guidance
The Scottish Government

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The Scottish Government

You will always be best, in the first instance, to contact the organisation or local authority that organised and/or provided your care. See the previous sections. This is because the Scottish Government tends to hold records that will relate to the development of policy and regulation of certain services run or managed by local authorities rather than 'individual personal care records'.

However, depending on your care circumstances and especially if you have tried and been unsuccessful with other sources, this option may be something for you to consider. If you lived in a List D School or a children's home, there may be information about individual children available in school inspection reports held by the Scottish Government (these records have been redacted). Historical inspection reports have not survived for all establishments and are often not complete for those establishments for which they do exist. It is also the case that they tend to focus on the quality of education provision, school management and other operational matters but will occasionally refer to an individual in the care of the establishment, or a staff member, when this was considered necessary or relevant by the inspector. Due to there currently being no access to the building where files are stored, please contact the Advance Payment Team on 0808 169 9740 to discuss access to this information.


Contact

Email: AdvancePaymentTeam@gov.scot