Consultation and engagement on potential financial compensation/redress for survivors of abuse in care

If you were able to take part and give your views – thank you.

Thank you to all the victims/survivors who made contact with CELCIS to discuss the consultation and broader issues relating to historical abuse.

We have shared this update directly with those participants in the consultation who provided details and gave permission for us to get in touch.

Working in partnership with the Interaction Action Plan Review Group, we held a consultation on options for a potential financial compensation/redress scheme for victims/survivors of historical abuse in care in Scotland. We did this on behalf of Scottish Government and will report back to them with options for them to consider whether to take forward a scheme in Scotland.

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 in Scotland. You can find out who the InterAction Planning Group are and the history of the work.

Who was this consultation for?

The consultation was for survivors who meet the terms of reference of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. In summary, 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.

What happens next

We are pleased to say we had a very strong response. We received 179 responses from individual survivors and two from victim/survivor organisations. We are extremely grateful to all of you who took the time to complete the questionnaire.

CELCIS is now analysing the responses to the questionnaire, and will prepare a factual summary report on this, first for discussion with the InterAction Action Plan Review Group. It will then be published on the CELCIS website. The analysis process includes independent oversight and verification.

The Review Group will also discuss what's required in order to develop the options paper for Scottish Government to consider when making its decision on whether to establish a financial compensation/redress scheme for survivors of abuse in care, and the timing for submitting this paper.

The options paper will take into account:

  • the views expressed in the consultation;
  • evidence from similar schemes which have been implemented in other countries; and
  • recommendations for the Scottish Government.

CELCIS, in partnership with The Review Group, is balancing the need to ensure that this work is thorough and robust with the desire to move forward quickly to the next stage.

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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