Panel member Emma Lewis awarded MBE

Redress Scotland panel member Emma Lewis has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee honours in recognition of her work to help care experienced people and survivors of abuse and neglect. 

Emma, who joined as a panel member in November ahead of the launch of Redress Scotland, received the award in recognition of her work as founder and chair of The Roots Foundation, and for voluntary services to young people. The Roots Foundation is a voluntary organisation that supports care experienced people and families. 

Speaking about the honour, Emma said: “It was a complete shock to be recognised in this way for work that I love and am so passionate about.  

“It is important for children and young people, no matter who they are or where they come from, to see and realise their potential. As a society, and as role models, we have a responsibility to help them do just that and I hope that this honour goes some way to achieving that.” 

Redress Scotland chief executive, Joanna McCreadie, said: “The entire Redress Scotland team and our panel members congratulate Emma on this well-deserved award. Her passion, commitment and hard work has changed the lives of many care experienced children and families and we are pleased that she is supporting our work. Her expertise and perspective are invaluable to our panel community and to helping survivors through their healing journey.” 

Emma is one of the panel members at Redress Scotland. 

Redress Scotland exists to support survivors of historic child abuse in care. 

As a decision-making body, we receive completed applications made to the Scottish government by survivors and makes determinations for redress based on the evidence available.  

Our diverse community of panel members make decisions in relation to applications for redress payments, and other forms of redress. They bring empathy and professional expertise from a range of specialisms. 

During panel sittings, members review the evidence available to determine eligibility and the level of financial redress awarded to survivors.   

Panel members uphold the highest standard of impartiality and objectivity in making determinations. They put survivors at the heart of all they do, and conduct their duties with compassion, humility, and respect.