- 23 Oct 2018
The Deputy First Minister of Scotland made a statement to Parliament on 23 October 2018 in which he committed to establish a financial redress scheme for survivors of abuse in care. He also offered an unreserved and heartfelt apology on behalf of the Scottish Government to all those who were abused as children while in care.
He was responding to recommendations from a Review Group which has consulted and engaged widely on redress. It recommended that a redress scheme is set up by legislation before the end of this Parliamentary term in March 2021. It also recommended that advance payments are made as soon as possible to survivors who may not live long enough to apply to the statutory scheme due to either ill-health or age.
The Advance Payment Scheme opened on 25 April 2019. It is for those who suffered abuse in care in Scotland before December 2004 and either have a terminal illness or are age 70 or over.
A public consultation launched on 2 September 2019, which invites views on aspects of the design of the redress scheme. It also asks how those responsible could make financial contributions, and how redress might fit alongside wider support for survivors. The consultation will be open until 25 November 2019.
We have published the following information notes on financial redress for survivors of historical child abuse in care which are linked from this page:
- Information note 1: October 2018
- Information note 2: April 2019
- Information note 3: September 2019
The following links provide more information about financial redress:
- full text of the Deputy First Minister’s statement and apology
- recommendations and accompanying reports from the Review Group
- Scottish Government policy on supporting child abuse survivors
If you wish to report your abuse, contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
You can also contact: