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Financial redress in respect of abuse in care - report 06/09/2018 A set of reports looking at a financial compensation/redress scheme for the victims/survivors of abuse in care in Scotland has been published.

Financial redress in respect of abuse in care - report

A set of reports looking at a financial compensation/redress scheme for the victims/survivors of abuse in care in Scotland has been published.

The reports and recommendations, by the SHRC InterAction Action Plan Review Group in partnership with CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children), have been presented to Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Mr Swinney committed in November 2016 to consult on financial redress and pledged to consult people who were abused in care as children to consider the range of differing views on the subject.

The consultation closed in November 2017 and the resulting report contains 14 recommendations for Scottish Ministers to consider when deciding whether to take forward a scheme in Scotland.

Key to the consultation, victims/survivors were asked if the Scottish Government should introduce a financial compensation/redress scheme and almost all who answered this question said yes. The InterAction Action Plan Review Group supports this view and, in addition, recommends that an advance payment scheme for elderly and ill victims/survivors should be progressed as soon as possible and in advance of any main financial compensation/redress scheme.

A financial compensation/redress scheme could offer an alternative route for those victims/survivors who are unable to, or choose not to, pursue financial compensation through existing routes, such as civil damages or the criminal injuries compensation scheme.

“I am profoundly grateful to the Review Group and CELCIS for bringing forward a substantial and serious piece of work based upon significant engagement with survivors,” said Mr Swinney. “We will now give the recommendations early, detailed and sensitive consideration, and report back to Parliament in due course. We recognise the hurt and damage caused to those who were abused in childhood by the very institutions who should have cared for them, and will continue to work closely with survivors and their representatives.”

Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, welcomed the recommendations.

“A financial compensation or redress scheme is essential for securing access to justice for survivors of childhood abuse. Anyone who has been subjected to sexual abuse and serious physical or emotional abuse or neglect has a human right to access an effective and fair remedy,” she said. “We also support the recommendation that an advanced payment scheme for older and ill survivors is progressed as soon as possible and before the main scheme is established in law."

Further details can be found here.

The reports can be found here.

 

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