The new financial Redress Scheme for survivors of historic child abuse in care in Scotland has opened for applications.
Those eligible can apply to request an apology and redress payments £10,000 – £100,000.
The process has been shaped by the views of survivors and will be delivered by Scottish Government and Redress Scotland.
Those who would like to request application packs posted to them can do so by phone:
- 0808 175 0808 for survivor applications
- 0808 281 7777 for next of kin applications
- callers from abroad should also apply by phone: +44 131 297 6500
Phone lines are open Monday – Thursday, 10am – 4pm, until Tuesday 21st December when they will close from the festive break, and reopen on Wednesday 5th January 2022.
A team of trained case workers, working on behalf of Scottish Government, are available to support all applicants at each stage of the application process.
Where a survivor died on or after 1st December 2004, their spouse, partner or cohabitant (or, if no one eligible is in that category, their children), may be able to apply for a next of kin redress payment of £10,000.
The temporary Advance Payment Scheme for survivors with a terminal illness or who are aged 68 years old or over will now close; this was set up in April 2019 to cover the period until the redress scheme opened, and has made fixed redress payments of £10,000 to over 700 applicants.
Alternatively, for further information on survivors who are eligible to claim for financial redress, visit the Scottish Government website.