Scottish Abuse Redress Scheme

The Scottish Redress Scheme for those who suffered abuse in care has been launched. This is a landmark scheme to provide survivors of historical child abuse in Scottish care with financial redress.

Those eligible can apply to request an apology and redress payments ranging from £10,000 up to £100,000.

The Scheme is for people who were abused as children before 1 December 2004 if they lived in some care settings in Scotland.

The Scottish scheme covers:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • neglect

You may be able to make a claim on behalf of a family member who sustained abuse as a child in a relevant care setting if they have since died.  However, in order to make an application, you must be that person’s next of kin.

You can read more about this in our brochure here. 

Over the years Scotland had many residential schools and orphanages, some of which were run by the local councils, but many of them were actually run by completely different entities.  The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry investigated the following institutions.

1.Roman Catholic orders

  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul
    • Smyllum Park, Lanark
    • Bellvue House, Rutherglen
    • St Joseph’s Hospital, Rosewell
    • St Vincent’s School for the Deaf/Blind, Tollcross, Glasgow
    • Roseangle Orphanage (St Vincent’s), Dundee
  • Congregation of Christian Brothers
    • St Ninian’s Falkland, Fife
  • De La Salle Brothers
    • St Joseph’s, Tranent
    • St Ninians, Gartmore, Stirlingshire
    • Kenmure St Mary’s Boys’ School, Bishopbriggs
    • St Mungo’s, Mauchline, Ayrshire
    • St John’s Boys’ School, Shettleston
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth
    • Nazareth House, Aberdeen
    • Nazareth House, Cardonald
    • Nazareth House, Lasswade
    • Nazareth House, Kilmarnock
  • Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
    • The Good Shepherd Centre, Bishopton
    • St Euphrasia’s
    • Establishments in Colinton, Edinburgh
  • Congregation of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God
    • St Mary’s, Balnakiel House, Galashiels
  • Marist Brothers
    • St Joseph’s, Dumfries
    • St Columba’s, Largs
  • Benedictines
    • Carlekemp School, North Berwick
    • Fort Augustus Abbey School
  • Salesians of Don Bosco
    • The St John Bosco School, Aberdour

2. Scottish Catholic Hierarchy

  • Bishops Conference of Scotland
    Relationship between the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the above religious Orders and the role played by the Roman Catholic Church in connection with the residential care of children

3. The Archdiocese of Glasgow

  • St Andrew’s School, Shandon, Dunbartonshire

4. Church of Scotland

  • Crossreach
    • Ballikinrain School
    • Geilsland Residential School
    • The Lord and Lady Polwarth Home for Children in Edinburgh
    • Langlands Park (until 1985)

5. Non-religious/voluntary organisations

  • Quarriers
    • Quarriers Village
    • Overbridge
    • Southannan
    • Seafield
  • Barnardo’s
    • Glasclune, North Berwick
    • Balcary, Hawick
    • Tyneholme, Pencaitland, East Lothian
    • Craigerne, Peebles
    • Blackford Road/South Oswald Road, Edinburgh
    • Stapleton Towers, Annan, Dumfries
    • Winton Drive, Glasgow
    • Cruachan
    • Thorntoun
  • The Aberlour Child Care Trust
    • Aberlour Orphanage, Aberlour
    • Aberlour Children’s Home (30 Quarry Hill, Keith)
    • The Sycamore Cluster, Fife
    • The Dowans
  • WHC Trust for Children
    • Widowers’ Children’s Home, Edinburgh
  • Dean & Cauvin Trust
    • Dean House Children’s Home, Edinburgh
  • Dr Guthrie’s Schools Association
    • Dr Guthrie’s List D School, Edinburgh
  • Red House Home Trust
    • Red House Home, Musselburgh
  • Rossie Young People’s Trust
    • Rossie [Farm] [List D] School, Montrose
  • Provider unknown
    • Balgowan List D School, Dundee
  • Loaningdale School Company
    • Loaningdale List D School
  • Sailors Society
    • Lagarie House Children’s Home, Rhu
  • Salvation Army
    • Redheugh Adolescent Unit, Kilbirnie
  • Balnacraig School
    • Balnacraig School, Perth
  • Royal Blind
    • Royal Blind School
  • Oakbank School Trust
    • Oakbank, Aberdeen
  • Harmeny Education Trust Ltd.
    • Harmeny School, Edinburgh
  • The Donaldson Trust
    • Donaldson’s School for Deaf Children
  • Algrade
    • Algrade, Humbie
  • St Philip’s School, Plains
    • St Philip’s School, Plains, Airdrie
  • Provider unknown
    • Thornly Park School

6. Boarding schools

  • Fettes College
  • Gordonstoun
  • Keil School, Dumbarton
  • Loretto School
  • Merchiston Castle School
  • Morrison’s Academy (at the time it was a boarding school)
  • Queen Victoria School, Dunblane

7. Local authority establishments

  • The City of Edinburgh Council
    • Clerwood Children’s Home
    • St Katherine’s Secure Unit
    • Howdenhall Centre
    • Glenallan Children’s Home
    • Wellington School
  • Perth and Kinross Council
    • Colonsay House, Perth
    • Nimmo Place Children’s Home, Perth
  • Fife Council
    • St Margaret’s Children’s Home, Elie
    • Linwood Hall Children’s Home, Leven
    • Ovenstone Residential School, Pittenweem, Fife
  • Glasgow City Council
    • Kerelaw Secure Unit
    • Larchgrove Remand Home
    • Downcraig, Castlemilk
    • Eversley Children’s Home, Pollokshields
    • Park Lodge, Calderwood Road, Glasgow
    • Cardross Park Assessment Centre
  • Aberdeen City
    • Brimmond Assessment Centre
  • Aberdeenshire
    • Coblehaugh Children’s Home, Inverurie
  • Argyll & Bute
    • Dunclutha Children’s Home, Dunoon
  • Dumfries & Galloway
    • Merkland Children’s Home, Moffat
  • Inverclyde
    • Balrossie School
    • Langlands Park Secure Unit (from 1985)
  • North Lanarkshire
    • Bellshill Children’s Home
  • Renfrewshire
    • Barrholm Children’s Home, Largs
    • Gryffe Children’s Home, Bridge of Weir
  • West Dunbartonshire
    • Hill Park Children’s Home, Hardgate
    • Bellfield Remand Home

8. Healthcare establishments

  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
    • Ladyfield West Children’s Hospital, Dumfries
  • NHS Forth Valley
    • Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and East Dunbartonshire Council
    • Lennox Castle Hospital, Lennoxtown, Glasgow

9. Scottish Prison Service

  • Glenochil Young Offenders Institution
  • Polmont Young Offenders Institution
  • Barlinnie Young Offenders Institution
  • Longriggend Detention Centre, Airdrie

A number of the above institutions have acknowledged the abuse within their institutions and have become financial contributors to the Scottish Redress Scheme, however, sadly, many institutions have still not opened admitted or acknowledged the terrible abuse children suffered whilst they were in their care.

If you or a family member have suffered due to actions that took place in Scottish care then our team of compassionate, specialist solicitors are here for you. Get in touch today for a confidential conversation about the options available to you.


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Verisona Law will fully support survivors to claim

Verisona Law’s abuse team has worked tirelessly for abuse survivors, focusing intently on supporting survivors through the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme over the last few years. Verisona Law’s expert team has supported more than 136 survivors through the Lambeth scheme application process for redress and have helped their clients recover over £7.5m.

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