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Scotland’s Redress Scheme

Scotland’s Redress Scheme is for survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland.

It has been set up to recognise and acknowledge what happened, and the harm this abuse caused. The scheme covers:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • neglect

You can apply for Scotland’s Redress Scheme if you were abused:

  • as a child (when you were 17 years old or younger)
  • before 1 December 2004
  • in Scotland
  • in a relevant care setting 

What is a relevant care setting?


Scotland's Redress Scheme only covers certain care settings. These are known as "relevant care settings" and include:

· children’s homes
· “List D” or approved schools
· penal institutions, including young offenders’ institutions and borstals
· residential care facilities (including hospitals) which provided long-term residential accommodation
· school hostels and some other accommodation provided for a child to go to school
· secure accommodation
· boarded out
· foster care

There might be other settings that are relevant, depending on your circumstances.

See a full list of relevant settings 

If you apply, you may be offered:

  • a payment
  • an apology, if you would like one, and help to get an apology from others
  • emotional support 

Who provides Scotland's Redress Scheme

The Scottish Government and Redress Scotland provide this scheme.

Redress Scotland is independent from the Scottish Government.

If you make an application, it will be looked at by a panel from Redress Scotland. This panel has been selected with the help of survivors and is made up of people from different professional and personal backgrounds.

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