Report 1 : Executive Summary of the Consultation with Victim/Survivors of Abuse in Care : Consultation and Engagement on a Potential Financial Compensation/Redress Scheme for Victims/Survivors of Abuse in Care

Kendrick, Andrew and McGregor, Sharon and Carmichael, Estelle (2018) Report 1 : Executive Summary of the Consultation with Victim/Survivors of Abuse in Care : Consultation and Engagement on a Potential Financial Compensation/Redress Scheme for Victims/Survivors of Abuse in Care. [Report]

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    Abstract

    A financial compensation/redress scheme for victims/survivors of abuse in care in Scotland would offer an alternative route for those who are unable to, or choose not to, pursue financial compensation through existing routes, such as civil damages or the criminal injuries compensation scheme. A financial compensation/redress scheme would provide a core element of the broader reparation package for victims/survivors of abuse in care; without it, access to a financial compensation route for some victims/survivors will remain denied. The key focus of the consultation and engagement exercise was a national consultation with victims/survivors. From the outset, it included victim/survivor representation and used a collaborative approach to the development of the actual process of the consultation and engagement activity, as well as to questionnaire design5 . In addition, information was gathered on financial redress schemes established in other countries, and engagement with residential and foster care providers, and other professional groups took place to gain their initial high-level views.