- 25 Apr 2019
The Advance Payment Scheme opened on 25 April 2019. You are eligible to apply to the scheme if you were abused as a child in care in Scotland before December 2004 AND you either have a terminal illness or are age 68 or over. The age threshold for eligibility was lowered from age 70 to age 68 in December 2019 following a review of the scheme.
You can find the application form, which includes guidance, a frequently asked questions booklet and a privacy notice linked from this page.
We have also published 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.
The Advance Payment Team is available to provide information and advice, and can refer you to other sources of help and support if needed. Contact details are provided below.
Please see the key developments and information updates page for more information regarding a statutory scheme, and a copy of all our previously issued information notes.
Telephone: call free on 0808 169 9740 (phone lines are open Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm)
Post: Freepost ADVANCE PAYMENT
Overseas phone number: +44 131 528 5400