ABUSE CLAIMS

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School Child Abuse Compensation Claims

Schools should be an environment where children feel safe to learn, develop and grow. Unfortunately, gaps in safeguarding procedures sometimes allow adults with an evil intent to access positions of trust and take advantage of a child.

 

For any youngster who suffers child abuse in a school, this extremely traumatising experience can cause life-long suffering and have far-reaching implications.

If you experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse at school – or you’re the parent or carer of a child who has – we can help you access seek justice and compensation. Sexual abuse and assaults do not just take place in state-funded schools. Our specialist abuse team have also supported survivors who suffered sexual abuse in boarding schools, private schools, public schools and residential schools.

Abuse of this nature can be carried out by teachers, other staff members or people who are in a position of trust. In some instances, other pupils may be responsible. No matter when the abuse took place, or who was responsible, our experienced child abuse solicitors will provide expert support and advice to help you hold those responsible to account.

Specialists in School Child Abuse

We promise to listen and help you through this difficult time by handling your case with compassion and sensitivity. Many of our child abuse cases are funded on a ‘No win, no fee’ basis – so you can gain access to our expertise and seek justice without any financial risks to you.

 

We can also advise you whether it may be possible to make a claim through the Government-funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

  • Our specialist team of solicitors are here for you and your loved ones to provide expert legal advice.

  • We help to take away the worry and hassle out of making a claim, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

  • We have a proven track record of helping abuse survivors and can help those who suffered child abuse by a teacher, even if the abuse happened years ago.

Making a School Child Abuse Claim

Whenever there has been child abuse by a teacher or other members of staff in a school, it is possible to bring a case against the individual involved provided the matter has been reported to the police. If the person who committed the abuse was an employee of the school, you can also sue their employer – whether that is a private or a state school. The local authority is usually responsible for state-funded schools, whilst the responsibility in a private school lies with the owner or its governors.

If it can be demonstrated that the school knew about the abuse – or should have known about it – and failed to act, the organisation can also be liable for its negligence. For example, if an abuser had a criminal record for similar offences before being employed by the school, or if a child told a teacher about the abuse and the adult did nothing about it. Making a compensation claim against an organisation in this way is often the best course of action as they will be insured against claims brought against them – and those responsible will be brought to justice.

Claims against schools in the civil courts can be very difficult indeed to win. If your case has not been the subject of a recent successful prosecution against a teacher or some other member of the school staff in the criminal courts, then we are not going to be able to take on your claim. However, that should not prevent you from contacting another solicitor to help you.

How much will my claim cost?

All abuse cases taken on by us are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.