Claim compensation as a survivor of child abuse

Make a civil claim

Survivors of child abuse can make a civil claim for damages if the abuse happened after, and including, 26 September 1964.

Financial Redress Scheme

The Scottish Government has passed legislation to set up a Financial Redress Scheme.

The Financial Redress Scheme is for survivors who were abused in care in a relevant care setting before 1 December 2004 and were under 18 years old. 

Survivors will be able to choose at the point of application whether to apply for a fixed rate redress payment or an individually assessed redress payment. 

On 8 December 2021, the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery, John Swinney MSP announced that Scotland’s Redress Scheme for survivors of historical abuse in care opened for applications. Applications to the scheme can now be received and phone lines are now open to assist applicants with the process. Advice for applicants can be found here: Scotland's Redress Scheme - ( 

Advance Payment Scheme

Certain survivors of childhood abuse can now apply for an advance payment.

Applicants can also phone a free telephone support line:

  • 0808 169 9740

Key points of the scheme:

  • It is open to those who have a terminal illness or are aged 70 or over
  • Applicants do not need to prove abuse
  • Applicants need to prove, by documentary evidence, they were “in care” in Scotland before December 2004
  • Details of what comprises ‘in care’ are on the Scottish Government link
  • Payments are on a flat rate of £10,000

Data protection

Your information will be treated as confidential. As an authority that handles personal information on individuals, we must protect that information under the Data Protection Act 2018.

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