Are you looking for a rewarding role in which you can make a real difference to people’s lives?
Scottish Ministers are now looking to appoint at least 12 Panel Members for Redress Scotland who will be responsible for making evidence-based decisions in relation to financial redress, awarded to survivors of historical child abuse in care.
This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a national collective endeavour, aiming to acknowledge and provide tangible recognition of harm to survivors.
For decades, some children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to these failings of the past by establishing a financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.
While nothing can ever make up for the suffering survivors have endured, the national redress scheme will offer a non-adversarial alternative route to justice, as well as access to support and apology.
To deliver this, the Scottish Government is supporting the creation of a new independent ‘non-departmental public body’ (NDPB) called Redress Scotland.
Redress Scotland is primarily a decision-making body. The NDPB will not, itself, offer application support to survivors, receive applications directly or arrange financial payments. Instead, to make best use of public resources, all administrative aspects of the scheme and support arrangements will be carried out by the Scottish Government which will then transmit completed applications to Redress Scotland for determination.
The Role of Panel Members
Panel Members will make day-to-day decisions in relation to applications for redress payments. Their responsibilities will include determining eligibility and the level of financial redress awarded to survivors, as well as conducting reviews, where appropriate. Members will be expected to uphold the highest standard of impartiality and objectivity in making determinations.
Panel Members will need to develop a good understanding of, and be closely guided by, statutory guidance and decision-making frameworks in order to ensure assessments of survivors’ experiences are made in a fair, transparent and consistent way. They will be expected to examine applications in a holistic way, taking into consideration individual circumstances and forming a balanced judgement. Panel Members will work constructively with one another and be able to clearly articulate, verbally and in writing, the reasoning behind their decisions.
Redress Scotland will carry out sensitive, challenging and often emotionally-charged work that will involve detailed consideration of supporting information and survivors’ own accounts of the abuse they suffered while in care. Panel Members should therefore have an understanding and personal commitment to embodying trauma informed principles. They should also be committed to acknowledging and being informed by the human rights approach.
The successful candidates will bring empathy and professional expertise from a range of areas, for example, in the fields of emotional and psychological trauma, law, social work, human rights and health. Individuals with an understanding of the Scottish care system and child development, or specialist knowledge of complex trauma, are particularly encouraged to apply.
Key responsibilities include:
Have a good understanding of the assessment framework and use it to guide your decision making, in order to ensure consistency and fairness across determinations.
Work collaboratively with the rest of the Panel to access applications in a balanced and objective way, in order to reach evidence-based decisions in relation to redress.
Call on relevant experience and professional knowledge in examining the available evidence and providing constructive challenge, in order to help the Panel reach a reasoned conclusion.
Ensure applicants are treated with respect, dignity and compassion, showing consideration for their needs. Always take care to minimise potential risk of causing further harm or distress to survivors.
Support the Chair in ensuring proceedings are transparent and effectively managed. Contribute to drafting the written determinations, clearly summarising the reasons for decisions taken.
Uphold the principles of public life as set out by the Ethical Standards Commissioner at all times.