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Financial redress for survivors of child abuse in care: key developments and information updates

Information updates on financial redress for survivors of child abuse in care.

23 Mar 2020
Financial redress for survivors of child abuse in care: key developments and information updates

Below is a summary of key developments and links to information updates:

  • 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 had 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 68 or over (age threshold lowered in December 2019 following a review)
  • a public consultation on the statutory scheme and wider aspects closed on 25 November 2019. 280 responses were received the majority of which were from survivors.  Independent analysis of all consultation responses has now concluded and a report was published on 23 March 2020 
  • a review of the Advance Payment Scheme was published in December 2019.  It considered a range of issues over the first five months of the scheme’s operation.  The main conclusion was that the age threshold for eligibility to the scheme should be lowered from age 70 or over to age 68 or over, with immediate effect

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 (redress commitments): October 2018
  • information note 2 (launch of the Advance Payment Scheme): April 2019
  • information note 3 (launch of the public consultation on statutory redress): September 2019
  • information note 4 (review of the Advance Payment Scheme): December 2019
  • information note 5 (Covid-19 update, consultation analysis and Bill introduction): March 2020

More information

The following links provide more information about financial redress:


If you wish to report your abuse, contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

You can also contact:


Email enquiries about the statutory scheme:

Email enquiries about Advance Payments: