In October 2018 the Deputy First Minister committed to establishing a financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland.
This Redress Scheme will require legislation to be passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Deputy First Minister has now launched a public consultation, the results of which will directly inform the legislation that will underpin the development of the redress scheme. The consultation will close on 25 November.
You can find information on the consultation, including details on how to respond here https://consult.gov.scot/redress-survivor-relations/financial-redress-historical-child-abuse-in-care.
An information note which provides further background information is available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/financial-redress-for-survivors-of-child-abuse-in-care-information-note/.
The associated press release can be found here https://www.gov.scot/news/consultation-on-financial-redress/
The Scottish Government are aware that there are some who may not live long enough to apply to the statutory redress scheme so have taken steps to ensure that they are able to access redress. The Advance Payment Scheme, for those with a terminal illness or age 70 or over, opened on 25 April 2019. Further information is available at https://www.gov.scot/policies/child-protection/supporting-child-abuse-survivors/.