This week the abuse team discuss the Scottish Redress Scheme, a scheme that has just gone live for applicants to claim compensation if they were abused as a child in Scotland before the 1st of December 2004.
Abuse is deemed to include:
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- emotional abuse
Survivors applying for the scheme will need to meet the criteria of:
- being under the age of 17 at the time the abuse occurred.
- living in Scotland.
- in a relevant care setting.
- the abuse occurring before 1 December.
The care setting includes, children’s home and approved schools, penal institutions such as borstals, and residential care facilities such as long-term hospitals, secure accommodation, boarded out and foster care.
The value of scheme is up to £100,000, with a fixed payment of £10,000 and an individual assessment for the remaining £90,000.
The individual must show that they were living in a care setting whilst being abused.