Child Abuse Compensation Solicitor - CICA Claim

SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0330 660 7004

A child abuse compensation solicitor can make application for the payment of damages in several ways including an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) or in the case of institutional abuse to the Authority responsible for employing the abuser who can also be sued personally in addition to being prosecuted for criminal activity. Local Authorities and other employers will be held to be liable if they have failed to act reasonably either in their pre employment checks or by failing to adequately respond to complaints of abuse. There are also numerous group actions where all of the victims who were in the same situation at a particular locality have banded together to take multi-party action in child abuse compensation claims which can have the benefit of being publicly funded through Legal Aid.

Physical Sexual Emotional or Psychological Abuse

This is a serious national problem which can take the form of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse which is often caused by neglect, lack of restraint or failure to provide appropriate services and treatment by the relevant authorities. Child abuse compensation can be claimed whether or not it was a one to one situation, a family problem or institutionalised abuse. The most vulnerable sections of society are those who are mentally disabled or where there the abuser is in a position of authority which often occurs in residential care homes, respite and day care organisations and schools which have in the past been a magnet for paedophiles. Child abuse is not confined to these situations and many thousands of children have also suffered abuse in the family at the hands of parents and other relatives or by family friends.

No Conviction Necessary

Significant numbers of adults have now come forward to the police and to child abuse compensation solicitors resulting in criminal convictions and custodial sentences giving rise to compensation claims. A conviction is not necessary however to succeed in a claim to the CICA provided that the applicant has fully co-operated with the investigating police officer. The CICA uses a tariff scheme for determining compensation and may reduce awards to claimants who have unspent criminal convictions determined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act on the basis that it is inappropriate to compensate offenders out of public funds.

No Time Limits

Victims who have suffered child sexual abuse can claim compensation :-

  • The perpetrator need not have been identified, prosecuted or convicted.
  • The normal time limits on CICA claims may be waived upon application allowing claims to be made many years after the event.

Specialist Solicitors

Our child abuse compensation solicitors offer an independent legal service with no connection to the CICA giving free advice on compensation claims using the no win no fee scheme. We do not ask you to fund or finance an application to the CICA in any respect and your claim will be completely risk free. Any discussion that you have is completely confidential and will not be revealed to anyone without your specific consent. We are able to arrange for you to speak to someone of your own gender if you request. If after talking to us you decide to proceed no further then you are quite at liberty to do so and we will erase all information which you have supplied to us. If you would like to talk to someone with absolutely no further obligation just complete the contact form or use the helpline and we will advise you of your options for claiming the compensation you deserve.

SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0330 660 7004