Potential financial compensation/redress consultation and engagement

Financial compensation/redress for survivors of historical child abuse in care

We held a consultation and engagement on a potential financial compensation/redress scheme for victims/survivors of histocial abuse in care in Scotland, and we're 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.

The consultation for survivors has now closed and we're currently analysing the responses to the consultation questions.

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 aimed to:

  • 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 was this consultation for?

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

Has the consultation on financial redress started?

The consultation is now closed.

What happens next

We're currently analysing the responses to the questionnaire to produce an options paper for Scottish Government to consider. This will take into account the views expressed by those who choose to participate in the consultation, along with evidence from similar schemes which have been implemented in other countries. The options paper will include recommendations for Scottish Government to consider when making its decision on whether to establish a financial compensation/redress scheme.

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.

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