Redress Scotland
Redress Scotland
Redress Scotland is primarily a decision-making body.

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Chair of Redress Scotland

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • Central Belt (tbc)
  • Closing 16th April 2021

Do you want to lead the establishment of a new, independent and trauma-informed public body which treats survivors with respect, dignity and compassion?

For decades, children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failings by establishing a new financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.

The Scottish Parliament passed the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill on 11 March 2021. The Bill creates ‘Redress Scotland’, a new Non-Departmental Public Body which will make decisions on applications from survivors seeking financial redress.

As Chair of Redress Scotland, in addition to providing strategic leadership and embedding a culture of trauma-informed practice you will:

  • Build public confidence in Redress Scotland, promoting the purpose and values of the organisation and ensuring survivors’ needs remain at its heart
  • Support the Chief Executive and their staff to deliver the organisation’s objectives, demonstrating the values embedded in legislation
  • Have a track history of strong leadership, personal integrity and the impartiality required to build and maintain the trust of survivors and a range of stakeholders.
  • Provide vision and focus to ensure the organisation delivers statutory obligations and is viewed as a trustworthy and transparent independent public body
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Top job! Chief Executive of Redress Scotland

  • Full time
  • £77,340 – £83,233
  • Scotland, Central Belt
  • Closing 31st May 2021

For decades, children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failing 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, financial redress can provide acknowledgement and recognition of the harm done. A national redress scheme will offer a non-adversarial alternative route to justice and access to support and apology.

To deliver this, the Scottish Government is supporting the creation of a new ‘non-departmental public body’ entitled Redress Scotland. This body will assess and make decisions on applications from survivors (and in some cases next of kin) seeking redress. Redress Scotland will be entirely independent of the Scottish Government.

Organisation

Redress Scotland is primarily a decision-making body. It will not process applications, provide support to applicants or arrange payments. In order to make best use of public resources, all administrative aspects of the national scheme will instead be carried out by Scottish Government without impinging on the independence of Redress Scotland’s decision-making.

The Role

Redress Scotland is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive who will be the board’s principal adviser on the discharge of its statutory functions.

You will provide strong leadership from the outset, working to establish a strategic framework for Redress Scotland and putting in place the right resources, processes and policies to ensure success. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of designing and implementing organisational strategies, governance arrangements, resource plans and corporate reports.

You will operate with high levels of personal integrity and be able to build new trusted relationships across organisational boundaries, helping to create a trauma-informed organisation that inspires the trust of the survivor community.

Main duties include:

  • Working closely with the Chair, you will establish the strategic framework for Redress Scotland, translating this into operational processes and creating the right conditions for success as an independent public body.
  • Make evidence-based recommendations to the Board on the action and resources required to achieve its vision – including recruitment, training and wider business infrastructure.
  • Recruit and develop a small secretariat team, confidently communicating the needs of survivors in a clear and compelling manner and instilling a culture of trauma-informed practice.
  • Provide concise advice to the Board on the effective discharge of its responsibilities – as set out in legislation and statutory guidance – demonstrating a clear commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Put in place robust governance, risk and reporting arrangements, following best practice to ensure legal and regulatory compliance. This includes annual corporate, financial and operational reports as set out in legislation.
  • Build new and trusting relationships with survivors, survivor organisations, care providers and other key stakeholders, working collaboratively across boundaries to promote the purpose and values of Redress Scotland.
  • Work to ensure Redress Scotland is a professional and accessible organisation. Role modelling a commitment to integrity, accountability, objectivity and equality. This includes setting high standards of performance and establishing appropriate monitoring arrangements.
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Panel Members - Redress Scotland

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Remote working / Central Belt
  • Closing 2nd August 2021

Redress Scotland

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. Decision making meetings are expected to take place virtually and in person. At this stage, we expect a good proportion of meetings to be virtual, to ensure inclusivity.

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a national collective endeavour, aiming to acknowledge and provide tangible recognition of harm to survivors.

Background

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.

Organisation

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 Member

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.

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