Payment scheme for former British child migrants

Former British child migrants will be able to apply for a financial redress scheme in respect of the harm done to former British child migrants who were separated from their families and sent overseas as part of the UK's historic participation in child migration programmes.

All of the applications will open from March 1st and will be handled by the Child Migrants Trust.  Each child is eligible to receive a payment of £20,000.

To apply you must have been sent from the UK before 1971 when you were below school leaving age.  The payment scheme is open to those who were sent by voluntary care agencies and local authorities without their parents to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Rhodesia.  It is not open to those who migrated as a family or as part of a genuine youth migration scheme.

The Government announced that it would set up a payment scheme in response to the inquiry in December 2018 in recognition of the fundamentally flawed nature of the historic child migration policy.