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Child Abuse Compensation Claim Solicitors UK

SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0344 414 0018

Our solicitors provide free legal advice on all matters related to child abuse compensation claims. Upon your request, you can speak to a solicitor of your same gender. One of our solicitors will discuss your case with you and explain how the claims process works. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have. The consultation is completely confidential and there is no charge, regardless of whether you decide to take further action. To speak to one of our solicitors about a child abuse compensation claim today, simply complete the contact form or call us on our helpline or email our solicitors office.

Definition of Child Abuse & Paedophilia

A sexual offence that may be subject to a criminal prosecution is generally defined as any offence that is sexual in nature or intention and includes rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, child abuse and paedophilia. The law provides tough penalties for child sex offenders to the extent that serious offenders will receive mandatory life sentences :-

  • Child Abuse has been recently re-defined and the crime of incest has been replaced with the more comprehensive crime of familial sexual abuse which covers sexual assaults by blood relatives, foster parents, adoptive parents and live in partners. It is also an offence for people in a position of authority to engage in sexual contact with those under the age of 18 years and is mainly aimed at the teaching professions in order to protect vulnerable young adults.

  • Paedophilia is defined as any adult sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 which is a form of child abuse. If the child is under 13 years of age and any physical or sexual contact is involved then the adult can also be charged with rape or sexual assault. There is also an offense under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 of sexual grooming of a child with the intention of abusing them.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Child Abuse Claims

Child abuse is a serious issue, involving our society's most vulnerable citizens. Children who have been the victims of abuse have multiple ways to seek compensation for their injuries and suffering. One way to pursue compensation is to make an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a governmental agency that was created for the purpose of compensating those who have been injured by a violent crime. Another option is to sue the abuser personally in the civil courts.

3rd Party Responsibility

In addition to the abuser, there are other parties who may be held legally responsible. For example, if the abuse happened in a daycare centre, the employer could be ordered to pay damages on the grounds that they did not make reasonable pre-employment background checks. Local Authorities may also be held responsible if they failed to properly respond to complaints brought either by the abuse victim or by an adult suspicious that abuse was occurring.

Multi-Party Actions

Sometimes it is possible for the victim to take part in a multi-party action to recover damages in a child abuse compensation claim. Multi-party actions can be pursued when a number of victims were abused in the same locality under similar circumstances, such as in children's home. Multi-party action claims are also referred to as group actions and class actions. One benefit of bringing a multi-party action is the availability of public funding through Legal Aid for a child abuse compensation claim. Another benefit is that all of the victims who are part of the multi-party action share the potential costs of pursuing the claim.

Sexual - Psychological - Emotional

Child abuse comes in many forms. In addition to physical abuse, there are children suffering sexual, psychological and emotional abuse. There are also a number of causes of child abuse, including lack of restraint, neglect and a failure to provide the child with the necessities of life. Child abuse victims can claim compensation regardless of whether the abuse was within the family, institutional or one-on-one. It is an unfortunate fact that abusers target places such as nursing homes and daycare centres for access to vulnerable groups like children, the elderly and mentally disabled persons. Child abuse, however, is not limited to institutional abuse perpetrated by relative strangers. Tragically, children are frequently abused by their parents or other family members.

Solicitors Legal Advice

Our solicitors take child abuse cases on a no win no fee* basis which means that you pay absolutely nothing if your claim is unsuccessful. There are no upfront costs, and you are not responsible for funding the claims process. If you need legal advice just complete the contact form or use the helpline to speak to an experienced solicitor without charge and without further obligation.

SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0344 414 0018

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