On 13 August 2020, the Scottish Government introduced the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament. It has been published this morning here: https://beta.parliament.scot/bills/redress-for-survivors-historical-child-abuse-in-care-scotland-bill
The Bill aims to establish a financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in relevant care settings in Scotland, and, in some circumstances, where the survivor has died, their next of kin. The purpose of the redress scheme is to acknowledge and provide tangible recognition of the harm suffered as a result of that abuse. The redress scheme will also offer survivors access to some non-financial elements of redress such as acknowledgement, apology and therapeutic support.
The Bill builds on previous work with survivors of historical child abuse in care and follows the pre-legislative consultation launched last year. The Bill is the draft legislation and it will now be discussed and examined by members of the Scottish Parliament.