Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme is for survivors and victims of Church-related abuse.

It does not matter where you live now, or where the abuse or hurt you experienced occurred, when the Scheme opens you are encouraged to apply. 

As well as financial redress, eligible applicants will be offered therapeutic, spiritual and emotional support, acknowledgment of wrongdoing on the part of the Church, apology and support. 

Survivor input at every stage

Critical to the development and success of the Redress Scheme are the survivors and victims who generously contribute their time and energy to the project.

The Redress Survivor Working Group consists of six people, all of whom have experience of Church-related abuse, who meet regularly to consider different aspects of the Scheme’s design.

Two members of the Survivor Working Group sit on the Redress Project Board, which has oversight of the development of the Scheme, and others contribute to different discussions about specific areas of the Scheme’s delivery.

Learn more about who is involved in the Redress Scheme and how it is being developed in the FAQ section

If you would like to contact the Redress Project Team, email: [email protected] 

Latest updates from the Redress Project

April 2024 - Proposed financial award framework and approach to funding
March 2024 - Kennedys Law announced as the Redress Scheme Administrator
February 2024 - An update paper details the recent progress made
November 2023 - Synod approves first consideration
October 2023 - Draft Abuse Redress Measure published ahead of Synod
July 2023 - Overwhelming support for redress

Support for survivors

If you are a survivor of Church-related abuse and are in need of urgent or immediate support, please take a look at the Interim Support Scheme.

If you would like additional support, you can also contact Safe Spaces, which is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church or as a result of their relationship with the Church of England.

As an alternative, you can contact MACSAS, which supports women and men who have been sexually abused, as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.

There is also Survivors Voices, a survivor-led organisation that runs peer support groups for victim-survivors of all kinds of abuse, including faith-based abuse. It has a newsletter and other special events for survivors of abuse experienced in churches and other faith-based communities.

2023 papers

  • Principles, Priorities and Processes - This paper has been put together by the Working Group of survivors and victims of Church-related abuse to communicate our hopes for the Redress Scheme. We have tried to include and represent the voices of other victims and survivors that we have had contact with through the support work and survivor organisations we are connected to.