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Scottish Redress Scheme for survivors of abuse operational by end of year

A Redress Scheme for survivors of non-recent child abuse in Scotland will be up and running by then end of the year.

The Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 received Royal Assent in April and the redress scheme will be open for applications before the end of 2021. Survivors of historic abuse will be able to apply for financial redress payments of up to £100,000, as well as access to apology and support.

Deputy First Minister has announced the Chair of Redress Scotland: Johnny Gwynne, the former Deputy Chief Constable of Police Scotland and past director of the UK National Crime Agency with responsibility for tackling child exploitation.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Some children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them, often with catastrophic results. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failings by establishing this financial redress scheme for survivors.

“In leading the establishment of Redress Scotland, Johnny is resolutely committed to building the type of independent and transparent organisation which is capable of delivering justice for survivors. To do so, he will work from the outset to instill a trauma-informed culture right across the organisation.

“I am in no doubt that he will bring the needed leadership and empathy to this key strategic role. The scheme will have embedded within it the principles of dignity, respect and compassion,” he added.

Redress Scotland is the public body which will make decisions on levels of financial redress awarded to survivors of historical child abuse in care.

Survivors will be able to apply for a fixed rate redress payment of £10,000, or an individually assessed redress payment which will involve a more detailed examination of their experience. The individually assessed redress payment levels are set at £20,000, £40,000, £60,000, £80,000 or £100,000.

Survivors that receive financial redress will also be offered access to some non-financial elements of redress such as acknowledgement, apology and therapeutic support.

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