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.
- Find out about how to claim (Scottish Government website)
- The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act
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
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.