Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill


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 Briefings

SPICe briefing 16 September 2020

Stage 1

The Education and Skills Committee has been designated as the lead Committee for Stage 1 Scrutiny.

Your views 

The Committee opened its call for evidence on the 24th August, the call for views closed on 2 October 2020

30 September 2020

The Committee is heard evidence from the Redress Bill team and from Dr M O'Rourke on Irelands redress scheme.

You can view the video of the meeting here.

Dr O'Rourke and the Bill team both wrote to the Committee to provide additional information and evidence following the meeting on 30 September.

7 October 2020

The Committee heard evidence from two panels of witnesses. The first panel had representatives of the legal profession and the second panel had representatives from the Scottish Human Rights Commission, CELCIS, Social Work Scotland and Wellbeing Scotland.

You can view the video of the meeting here.

28 October 2020

The Committee heard evidence from organisations that work with survivors.

You can view the video of the meeting here

4 November 2020

The Committee heard from two panels. The first panel will have contributor organisations and OSCR, and in the second panel the Committee will hear from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.  

You can view the video of the meeting here.

The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, following his evidence to the Committee on 4 November 2020.  This sought clarification on a number of issues mentioned in the evidence session, including requesting additional information regarding the method/s being proposed to calculate ‘fair and meaningful’ contributions to the scheme.  Both the original letter and the Cabinet Secretary’s response are attached below.


The call for views closed on 2 October 2020. You can read the submissions below.



Anonymous Submissions


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]



The Scottish Government Bill team sent the following correspondence. Please note you may find some of the content of this document distressing.

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