Financial redress for survivors of child abuse in care: Advance Payment Scheme form and guidance

Application form and guidance for the Advance Payment Scheme for those who suffered abuse in care in Scotland before December 2004 and who have a terminal illness or are age 68 or over - this scheme is closed to new applications.

The Advance Payment Scheme is closed to new applications. Please see information on Scotland's Redress Scheme which replaces this.

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.

Advance Payment Scheme application form - updated October 2021

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)



Overseas phone number: +44 131 528 5400

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