Category: Personal Injury
The Redress for Survivors (Historic Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill will come into force by the end of 2021. This will allow for survivors of child abuse whilst in care in Scotland to apply for financial redress. The purpose of the scheme is to acknowledge and provide tangible recognition of harm as a result of historical child abuse in various settings in Scotland. The scheme not only provides financial redress to the survivors but also non-financial redress such as psychological support.
There will be a five year time limit from the date the Act is passed to apply for financial redress
You can apply for two types of redress through the scheme:
You may be asked to sign a waiver to state that you will not consider a civil court claim against the relevant authority in the future. You will have a 6 month time limit from the offer being made to determine whether you accept the redress payment and agree to sign the waiver. This is a complex area of law and it is important that you obtain legal advice at an early stage of the application in order that we can help you to make an informed decision as to how you should proceed.
Livingstone Brown can guide you through the application process and ensure you are provided the best advice relative to your situation. After an initial meeting discussing details of your claim, we can explain the options open to you before beginning the Redress Scheme application. Our team are dedicated to dealing with your case in a confidential and sensitive manner.