About the Bill
The Bill was introduced on 13 August 2020.
The Bill as introduced sets up a scheme to make financial payments (‘redress payments’) to survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland. In some circumstances where the survivor has died, these can be paid to their partner or children. The Bill sets up a new independent public body, Redress Scotland, to make decisions about payments. The scheme replaces an interim scheme called the advance payment scheme.
The Bill allows organisations involved with residential care of children in the past to pay financial contributions to the scheme. In return, survivors who accept a redress payment will have to agree not to take legal action against these organisations or the Scottish Government.
The Bill also provides survivors of abuse with other practical and emotional support.
The Bill and accompanying documents are below.
SPICe briefing 16 September 2020
The Education and Skills Committee has been designated as the lead Committee for Stage 1 Scrutiny.
The Committee opened its call for evidence on the 24th August with a closing date for responses of 2nd October.
The Committee issued a call for views on 24 August 2020. You can read the written submissions below:
Help and Support
We know that submitting evidence to this inquiry may be difficult for some people. There are a number of organisations that can provide support to those who have experienced abuse. Citizens Advice Scotland have listed a number of organisations on their website, including the following organisations who can provide support for adults who experienced abuse as children:
Future Pathways - offers help and support to people who were abused or neglected as children while living in care in Scotland.
Survivor Telephone: 0808 164 2005 (Monday to Friday 10.00am to 6.00pm)
Email: [email protected]
National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) - offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
Support line: 0808 801 0331
Monday to Thursday 10am to 9pm, Friday 10am to 6pm
Calls are free from landlines and mobiles. They will not show on a phone bill.
Rape Crisis Scotland - provides free and confidential support and information for anyone affected by sexual violence
Tel: 0141 331 4180 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm)
Free Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 (every day between 6pm and midnight)
Minicom: 0141 353 3091
Fax: 0141 332 2168
For support by email: [email protected]
General Email: [email protected]
Survivors UK - provide information, support and counselling for male victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse
Text-based helpline: 020 3322 1860 (Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 9pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm)
WhatsApp-based helpline: 07491 816064
Office tel: 020 3598 3898 (Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm)
Email: [email protected]