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Financial Redress consultation and engagement

Financial Redress for In-Care Survivors of Historical Child Abuse

We're taking forward a consultation and engagement on financial redress, working in partnership with the InterAction Action Plan Review Group. We're doing this on behalf of Scottish Government, who are committed to the process.

We recognise that there's been a huge amount of work done already with and for survivors in Scotland. You can find out who the InterAction Planning Group are and the history of the work.

The consultation and engagement will:

  • Better understand and build on previous work
  • Learn from the experience of other countries in designing and implementing redress schemes
  • View financial redress in the wider Scottish context, including a range of ways to acknowledge and support survivors of historical child abuse

Who is this consultation for?

The consultation is for survivors who meet the terms of reference of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. In other words, those who experienced abuse or neglect as a child in Scotland while living ‘in care’ at the time the abuse took place, regardless of the setting in which it occurred. This includes those living in residential or foster care, living in a boarding school (whether this be state, private or independent), having a long-term stay in hospital, or time spent in a Young Offender’s Institution.

The consultation will be for all in-care survivors, including those whose status in care was pre-1964.

Has the consultation on financial redress started?

The formal public consultation has not started. That's because we want to get it right and make sure survivors are at the heart of the process. We recognise that redress is a complex and important area. But, preparation work has begun on the following:

  • Gathering information
  • Talking with some survivors on the Interaction Review Group to form the themes and content of the consultation
  • Planning for the consultation

We met with the Interaction Action Plan Review Group on 14 February 2017. The group agreed a way forward for the consultation and engagement, the themes to be addressed, and the timescale.

The pilot stage

There will be an initial pilot stage involving an additional representative group of survivors to help clarify the themes and questions before the formal public consultation begins. We're working hard on the content and will test it at this stage. We'll make sure the questions and how to get involved are clear, accessible and respectful, building on work that's already taken place in Scotland.

The consultation

We'll make sure we publicise the formal consultation when it launches and you'll have the chance to take part, if you want to.

At the end of the consultation and engagement, an options paper will be presented to the Scottish Government. This will happen by the end of 2017.

Here's an overview of the approach to the engagement and consultation process:

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What is meant by 'redress'?

Redress is to set right or remedy, a wrong or harm. Redress and remedy in the context of historical abuse can take a range of forms such as apology, provision of services such as counselling or health services, or a monetary/financial payment.

Reparation is to make amends for a wrong one has done, by providing payment or other assistance to those who have been wronged.

Monetary or financial redress Monetary or financial redress is a payment under redress that provides a tangible recognition of the seriousness of the hurt and injury suffered by a survivor. To avoid any confusion, the term financial redress is the term agreed by the Scottish Government and is described as “a tangible recognition of the harm done” (Deputy First Minister, Statement to Scottish Parliament, February 2017).

An update from the Deputy First Minister

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney sent letters to the Education and Skills Committee at Scottish Parliament to update them on progress so far on the financial redress consultation and engagement.

If you need urgent help

If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support, contact:

Samaritans: Freecall 116 323
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your call will be confidential and will be taken by a trained Samaritans volunteer.
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87
If you are depressed or experiencing low mood, you can phone and speak to a Breathing Space advisor:
Available 6pm - 2am week days,
Friday 6pm - 6am on Monday, at weekends. Calls are free of charge.
If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support outwith these hours you can contact Samaritans on 116 123

NHS 24: 111
If you are ill and feel it can't wait until your GP surgery re-opens you can call NHS 24.

Childline Call free on 0800 11 11
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK to talk about any problem.
Open 24 hours a day every day of the year

Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02
Available: 6pm-12pm, 7 days a week
Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.