Other organisations provide different kinds of support to survivors of abuse, whether or not they qualify for payment under the redress scheme. This could be counselling or therapy, or just an understanding person to talk to.

To report previous, recent or ongoing abuse, to you or to someone you know, you should contact the police or other authorities.

Who to speak to

Emotional support

If you have difficult feelings about your abuse, or about applying for redress, it might help to speak to someone. These organisations can help:

  • Emotional Support Helpline for Scotland’s Redress Scheme: 
    If you’re going through the application process for redress and would like to speak to someone about how you are feeling, the Emotional Support Helpline is here for you:
    0800 211 8403
    The Helpline can also support you if you are thinking about applying for redress but haven’t made the application yet. Please leave a message and we will get back to you.
  • Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87
  • Samaritans: 116 123

Report abuse

If you need to report previous, recent or ongoing abuse, you should make an immediate phone call to:

  • Police Scotland: 101
  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555111

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

To tell the Inquiry about a case, please contact them by phone or email.