• The Truth Project - Share your experiences of child sexual abuse

    The Truth Project has been set up by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). It allows victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences. The IICSA is investigating organisations and institutions for failure to...

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  • How to make a claim for sexual abuse

    As specialist solicitors we are experts in recovering compensation for survivors of sexual abuse. However, when people ask how to get compensation for being sexually abused, lawyers do have a tendency to give complex and technical legal answers. The...

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  • Pope removes priests as Catholic church sex abuse scandal escalates

    We specialise in helping survivors of abuse seek justice. This includes making compensation claims against the catholic church in the UK. You can call our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1597 or send us an email. Pope takes action on abuse within...

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  • Sex abuse leaflets

    The BBC is reporting that police are giving leaflets to people who they believe are at risk of committing sex abuse, asking for their behaviour to stop. The leaflets, known as C5 Notices, explain the law relating to sex abuse and are being...

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  • Jesus Army Abuse Compensation

    Specialist abuse lawyer Elizabeth Duncan has recovered compensation for a Jesus Army abuse survivor. The Jesus Army, an evangelical religious organisation, is facing a number of allegations of historic sexual abuse. The Jesus Army, which is also...

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  • Witherslack victim wins claim

    We are often asked to pursue abuse claims against schools. In this short case study, abuse lawyer Rachel Thain reports on a school abuse claim she has recently concluded which resulted in our client receiving compensation. Witherslack Hall School...

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  • Sexual assault compensation claim against church

    Rachel Thain helps a woman recover compensation for a sexual assault by a church youth worker that occurred when she was just 11 years old. While representing a client in respect of another matter, we became aware she had been sexually assaulted...

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  • Sexual abuse by a teacher

    Sexual abuse carried out by a teacher is a particularly serious crime as it involves an abuse of power. When this occurs the victim is often entitled to receive compensation from the local authority who employed the teacher if it can be established...

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  • CICA compensation increased from £27,000 to £181,000 on appeal

    A victim of sexual abuse has had his compensation increased from £27,000 to over £181,000 after we pursue a successful CICA appeal. Background to the claim We were approached by a young man who had suffered serious sexual abuse at the hands of a...

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  • Criminal injuries compensation for victim of abuse

    Our client was just 15 years of age when she experienced abuse from an older man who was both controlling and manipulative. He was convicted for child abduction and sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to serve 4 ½ years in prison for his...

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  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claim - Abuse victim wins 'out of time'

    We were approached by a woman who had suffered severe sexual abuse when she was a child. The criminal investigation was long running and she quite understandably found the process to be extremely difficult to cope with. The perpetrator was...

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  • Abuse victim wins CICA compensation after successful review

    A woman approached our specialist abuse team for legal advice in relation to sexual abuse and exploitation she had suffered during her childhood and into early adulthood. She had been forced into prostitution and given drugs by men much older than...

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  • Solicitors win NSPCC award

    We are very proud to announce that Slee Blackwell Solicitors have won a regional NSPCC Childhood Champion Award for Corporate Partner of the Year . The NSPCC award recognises our ‘outstanding efforts and contribution to the NSPCC’ which has impacted...

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  • Jehovah's Witness sex abuse claims in the spotlight

    Sex abuse claims against The Jehovah’s Witnesses UK are once again in the media spotlight. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which is already specifically investigating institutional failures in the Anglican and Roman Catholic...

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  • Sexual assault at work compensation claim

    This is a case study of a woman who suffered sexual assault at work and appointed us to pursue a compensation claim against her employer. Our client worked in an office attached to a factory. For many months she was subjected to sexual harassment...

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  • Local Authorities to be liable for abuse by foster parents

    Supreme Court rules that local authorities are to be held vicariously liable for abuse perpetrated by foster parents A long awaited judgment has been handed down by the Supreme Court in the case of Armes v Nottingham Council. This landmark...

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  • Abuse of elderly people set to become a major world problem

    Elder Abuse (the abuse of elderly people) is a growing problem in today's society. As we live longer the world population is aging, with an increasingly large percentage of people being classed as 'elderly'. One of the downsides to ageing is that we...

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  • Children's Society reacts to reports of child sex abuse

    Rachel Thain, a specialist abuse lawyer, looks at the latest news to emerge concerning the Children's Society The Children’s Society, founded in 1881, is a charity that describes itself as brave, ambitious, supportive and trusted. On their website...

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  • Latest child abuse statistics suggest emotional abuse is a growing problem

    Child abuse lawyer, Rachel Thain, discusses the NSPCC's latest figures on emotional abuse The NSPCC has published a new report entitled How Safe Are Our Children? The 5th annual conference looked at how safe our children are, providing child...

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  • Victim of historic sex abuse by a priest wins compensation claim

    We recently represented a client in relation to sexual abuse he had suffered at the hands of a priest in the late 1970s. Our client, who was just 9 years old at the time, had served as an altar boy in the church and attended the associated primary...

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  • Case Study: Abuse by a scout leader

    Our client was an active member of the Scouts from the age of 10 after moving up from the Cubs. However, it was while he was with the Scouts that he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a Scout Leader. The Scout Leader would use opportunities to be...

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  • School sex abuse victim wins compensation

    We recently represented a man who had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of two employees of a residential school for children with behavioural difficulties that he attended between 1978 and 1980. Our client attended the school as a full time...

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  • Serious abuse at work

    Liz Duncan looks at serious abuse in the workplace Lord Hoffman, sitting as a judge in a well known case, described the importance of someone’s job to them when he said, “A person’s employment is usually one of the most important things in his or...

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  • Child abuse within the family

    Sexual abuse in families is believed to make up two-thirds of all child sexual abuse, but these children are being let down by the system according to reports from the children’s commissioner’s office. The commissioner’s office recently released 3...

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  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) accepts abuse claim that was 'out of time'

    A case study of an abuse claim that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority accepted 'out of time'.  We recently represented a woman who had suffered serious sexual abuse for a period of around two years when she was a child. The abuse was...

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  • BBC portrays sex abuse scandal in new hard hitting series

    The BBC is currently airing a dramatisation of the Rochdale sexual abuse scandal in a 3 part series called 'Three Girls'. In 2012 it emerged that there was widespread sexual abuse of young girls in Rochdale, yet adequate action was not being taken...

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  • Sexual abuse and mental health: How compensation can fund therapy

    This week (7 May 2017) is Mental Health Awareness Week. A new report from The Mental Health Foundation has found that nearly two thirds of us will experience problems with our mental health in our lifetime and just 13% of us are living with high...

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  • Sex abuse claim against a catholic church school

    This is a case study of a successful sex abuse claim against a catholic church school that we made on behalf of a victim many years after the abuse took place. Rachel Thain, a leading lawyer in our specialist sex abuse team, agreed to represent a...

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  • Assault by university lecturer on student

    Our abuse team were interested to read press coverage of an assault by a senior university lecturer on a postgraduate student. A report has been published following an independent enquiry which criticised the University of Sussex about the way in...

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  • Men Charged in Underley School Sex Abuse Scandal

    In 2015 we carried an article on this site confirming that an inquiry into claims of historical sex abuse at Underley Hall School in Cumbria was being be reviewed. Underley Hall School had been closed in 2012 after being judged ‘inadequate’ by an...

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  • Jesus Army Sex Abuse Scandal

    Sex abuse lawyer, Elizabeth Duncan, is dealing with compensation claims arising out of the conviction of a former member of the Jesus Army. The man, who is now an OAP, was jailed for five years for sexually abusing boys at homes run by the Jesus...

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  • Abuse of Power - Accusations of sexual abuse against police officers

    Abuse involves the exploitation of an individual who is often vulnerable in some way by a person who is often in a position of power or authority. This position of power or authority could be due to a difference in age, job role, or position in...

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  • Endurance Cycle Raises Nearly £4,000 for the NSPPC

    Staff at Slee Blackwell Solicitors who took part in a 24 hour cycle event for the NSPCC are celebrating raising £3,800. 28 members of staff at two different office locations pedalled continuously on stationery exercise bikes from noon on 30 November...

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  • Abuse in Football & Sport

    Our own Liz Duncan has been featured on ITV national news today, talking about the sex abuse scandal in football and sport. ITV is reporting that over 20 football players have now approached the Football Association about sex abuse The growing...

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  • Children's home sex abuse victim wins compensation claim

    There has been extensive coverage in the media regarding historic sexual abuse that took place in children’s homes in North Wales. Operation Pallial was set up by the National Crime Agency in November 2012 to look into these allegations. One of the...

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  • Man jailed for historic rape of a 13 year old girl

    A Sussex man has recently been jailed for raping a 13 year old girl in the 1993. He was arrested in 2014 and was convicted on the 13th September 2016 after standing trial at Chichester Crown Court. His victim had been unable to tell anyone of what...

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  • Lawyers recommended by Legal 500 guide

    This month has seen the publication of the latest edition of The Legal 500 and we are very pleased to report that our personal injury team have again been included as a ‘recommended’ firm. The Legal 500 is the nation’s leading guide to law firms in...

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  • School abuse claims

    Ampleforth College, an independent day and boarding school run by Benedictine monks is in the news following allegations of sex abuse. This is not the first time Ampleforth College has received negative attention from the press as there have...

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  • Care Home Investigated

    Windsor Care Home in South Tyneside has been placed in special measures following an inspection which found it to be “inadequate” in relation to safety, responsiveness and effectiveness. The care home’s leadership and management was criticised. The...

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  • Maternity Clinic For Rape Victims Opens

    A clinic providing additional antenatal support for the survivors of rape and sexual assault has opened in London.    The clinic will provide extra support to rape victims, recognising that giving birth could trigger memories of an attack....

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  • Crime survey reveals extent of childhood sexual abuse

    A survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics has shown that an average of 7% of adults in England and Wales (11% of women and 3% of men) were sexually assaulted during their childhood. It is believed that this survey gives a more...

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  • Charity Commission investigates Jehovah's Witnesses sex abuse claims

    The Charity Commission is investigating the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Britain as well as one of the congregations (Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses). The investigation was first commenced in July 2013 and is...

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  • Child Sex Abuse Inquiry to investigate the nation's institutions

    It has been announced that IICSA, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse chaired led by Hon. Dame Lowell Goddard, is to investigate the nation's public and non-public institutions.  The Inquiry into child sexual abuse will look at whether...

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  • Clement Freud to be exposed as a child abuser

    There are press reports today (15 June 2016) that the late Sir Clement Freud is to be exposed as a sexual predator and child abuser. An ITV television documentary scheduled to be aired tonight will highlight the experiences of two women who claim...

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  • Compensation for victims of scout leader jailed for 20 years

    The Scout Association has once again been the subject of significant negative press, as a former Scout leader - branded "the Jimmy Savile" of the scouting world - is convicted of a further series of sexual offences against young boys.     John...

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  • Reading Scout Leader Guilty of Indecent Assault

    A Scout leader has be found guilty of indecent assault by a jury at Reading Crown Court. The court heard that the scout leader abused a vulnerable scout after plying him with pornography, alcohol and drugs. The abuser was convicted on all four...

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  • Abuse Compensation Lawyer Wins Legal Hero Award

    Our very own Rachel Thain has been presented with the DASLS Legal 'Hero' of the Year Award by Joshua Rozenberg, Britain's best known legal commentator and former BBC legal correspondent. At the awards ceremony in March 2016 Rachel was commended by...

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  • Local authority liability for foster parents' abuse

    The Court of Appeal has delivered a ruling on whether a local authority can be held legally liable for acts of abuse carried out by foster parents (known by lawyers as 'vicarious liability') and whether authorities have a non-delegable duty to...

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  • Church of England lauches sex abuse review

    A review has been commissioned by the Church of England to report on what the church knew about decades of sex abuse carried out by Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester. The review will report to the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin...

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  • Devon Teacher Convicted of Sexual Assault

    A teacher has been found guilty at Exeter Crown Court of sexual assault on an 18 year old Devon school girl while purporting to give her a sports massage.   The former teacher at Blundells School in Devon, was cleared of sexually assaulting...

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  • C v D: a case study of a sex abuse compensation trial

    Most sex abuse claims are settled out of court. Trials are expensive and stressful for the participants, so the parties usually negotiate a settlement. However, you cannot assume that the other side will take a sensible approach, and if they refuse...

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  • Whistle-blowing child abuse helpline launched

    A new whistle-blowing helpline has been launched, aimed at employees who have concerns about child protection issues at work. The new child abuse helpline is run for the Home Office by the NSPCC. It is hoped the initiative will avoid a repeat of the...

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  • Compensation for Victim of Historic Sex Abuse by School Teacher

    Abuse specialist Rachel Thain reports on a successful compensation claim where we were able to overcome legal problems relating to the claimant’s delay in bringing his case We have recently negotiated the settlement of a compensation claim involving...

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  • Minister Resigns Over Allegations of Abuse within the Conservative Party

    Former Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps, has resigned as International Development minister over accusations that he failed to respond to the alleged bullying of party activists. Mark Clarke, a former senior party election aide previously...

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  • Goddard’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will target Churches and Politicians

    Judge Lowell Goddard’s inquiry into child sexual abuse is to investigate allegations against politicians and establishment figures, as well as a variety of public institutions. The Church of England and the Roman Catholic church have been identified...

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  • Sex Abuse and the Methodist Church

    The Methodist Church in Britain has issued an ‘unreserved apology’ for decades of sexual abuse. An independent inquiry into complaints of physical and sexual abuse involving the Methodist Church has revealed that there have been allegations against...

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  • Sexual Offences Continue to Rise

    Abuse lawyer Elaine Potter reports that there appears to be no let-up in the growing number of sex abuse crimes being reported. You can discuss your case with Elaine on our Free Legal Helpline. Statistics published by the NSPCC show that the number...

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  • Date Rape Claims

    Drug facilitated rape, or date rape, is a sad fact of modern society. Our solicitors have experience in this area of abuse compensation and can help you make a claim for compensation. Date Rape involves the victim unknowingly being given a sedative...

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  • Winton House Historic Abuse Claims

    Two ex-pupils of Winton House, an approved school in Hampshire, have spoken candidly to the BBC about "horrific abuse" suffered by them in the 1970s. The pair have decided to waive their anonymity and bravely speak out to the BBC to alert the public...

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  • Sexual Abuse and the Scout Association

    The abuse team at Slee Blackwell are representing a number of people who were subjected to sexual abuse while under the care of the Scout Association. An increasing number of former scouts are coming forward and speaking out regarding the abuse they...

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  • Hidden Cameras in Care Homes

    The Care Quality Commission has issued guidance for the first time advising on the use of hidden cameras to monitor the care of people in care homes and hospitals.  It comes after the BBC’s Panorama programme used undercover cameras to reveal abuse...

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  • Underley Hall School Child Sex Abuse Inquiry to be Reviewed

    An inquiry into claims of historical physical and sexual abuse at a school in Cumbria is to be reviewed, the area’s police and crime commissioner has said.  An initial investigation was undertaken in 1996-97, but questions are being asked about the...

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  • Abuse of the Elderly in a Changing Legal Landscape

    A brief overview of the Care Act 2014 and the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in the context of the abuse of elderly people. Elder abuse has probably always been prevalent but it is now, similar to childhood abuse, an issue that people are more...

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  • Kendall House Abuse Review

    The Church of England has announced that it is to finally carry out a formal review of allegations that children who were placed at Kendall House in Kent were forcibly drugged and abused. The Bishop of Rochester has ordered the independent review,...

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  • Scout Association admits rise in historical sexual abuse claims

    Historical sexual abuse claims against the Scout Association have risen dramatically since the publicity surrounding allegations against Jimmy Saville.  The Association has admitted that between  its formation in 1907 and October 2012 it had only...

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  • Prevention Is Better Than Cure - High Court Grants Anti-Grooming Orders

    Significant advancements have been made in terms of the level of support and help available to victims of abuse, although there are still many areas of concern where improvements must be made. It has become evident that the presence of child abuse...

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  • The Legal 500 and abusecompensation.co.uk

    Abuse compensation specialists, Slee Blackwell Solicitors, recommended in the field of personal injury law by prestigious legal guide. We are pleased to announce that Slee Blackwell Solicitors, the lawyers behind the popular abuse compensation site...

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  • Child Sexual Abuse By Cambridge Hospital Doctor Bradbury

    When a Medical Professional abuses their position, the feeling of betrayal is all the more profound. The heartbreak experienced by a parent whose child is diagnosed with cancer is difficult to put into words. In these difficult times parents put...

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  • Birmingham PE Teacher Denies Child Abuse Charges

    Former Birmingham PE teacher, Marcus Marcussen, is facing charges of sexually assaulting boys between 1957 and 1978. Mr Marcussen worked at Ilmington Road Comprehensive School in Weoley Castle, Birmingham for 45 years. According to The Birmingham...

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  • Government Inquiry into Handling of Child Sex Abuse Reports

    Rachel Thain, member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, welcomes the widespread inquiry announced recently. There are grave concerns about a Home Office cover up of reports of organised child sex abuse in the 1980s and 1990s. It has been...

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  • Cinderella Law – Is lack of love a crime?

    Abuse Solicitor, Nicki Cozens, Reports on the Proposed New Criminal Offence of Emotional Cruelty to Children The Government is considering whether to introduce a new criminal offence of emotional cruelty to children.  Neglect is currently the most...

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  • Shocking abuse revelations at residential homes in Northern Ireland

    A public inquiry has been ordered to investigate allegations of abuse, both sexual and physical, at residential care homes run by Sisters of Nazareth nuns in Derry. Ex-residents of Nazareth House and St Joseph’s Home in Termonbacca, which were run...

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  • New Support Group for Male Victims of Sexual Abuse

    Abuse Lawyer, James McNally, on the launch of Male Survivors South West Victims of sexual abuse can find gaining access to appropriate and on going support difficult. Facing the long term effects of sexual abuse can be a lengthy process and it often...

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  • Football Coach Charged With Historic Sex Offences

    A man from Devon, Tony Mitchell, is facing charges of sexually abusing children. The youth football coach, now in his 70s, has been bailed. On 11th February 2014 he will appear before the Magistrates Court in Exeter in relation to historic...

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  • Blocking Child Abuse Images on the Internet

    Abuse specialist, Rachel Thain, reports on action being taken to block images of child abuse on the internet Steps to block child abuse images on the internet have been agreed with Google and Microsoft, two of the largest search engines on the web....

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  • Unanimous Guilty Verdict for Double Jeopardy Derby Rapist

    Just weeks after he was acquitted by a jury of charges of sexual assault and rape, Harbinder Khatkar went on a rampage, sexually assaulting a number of women over a period around 9 hours. Khatkar, aged 37 from Derby, attacked 6 women in one night in...

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  • Child Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church – The Pope Acts at Last

    Over recent years the Catholic Church has become embroiled in a series of allegations of serious sexual abuse, causing the institution itself to suffer enormous damage to its credibility and threatening its very survival. Our abuse compensation team...

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  • Devon Paedophile John Bidmead Pleads Guilty

    John Bidmead, a 65 year old paedophile from Devon, who was caught with what police estimate to be over one million indecent images and movies of children has pleaded guilty to child abuse. The sheer magnitude of this horrific case is difficult to...

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  • Sex Abuse Victims Afraid of Powerful Abusers

    Abuse executive, Rachel Thain, looks at how abusers often use positions of power and trust to carry out their evil deeds In cases of sexual abuse, it is common that the abuser is someone in a position of power and trust. The Jimmy Savile scandal is...

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  • Abuse Lawyer Criticises Rape Lyrics

    Abuse specialist, Rachel Thain, looks at the damage done by lyrics in popular music which glorify and trivialise rape Once again there has been controversy surrounding song lyrics which appear to promote or glorify rape. It was not long ago that...

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  • Failure to Remove Abuse Claims

    Abuse specialist, Rachel Thain looks at the liability of Local Authorities for ‘failure to remove’ abuse victims. There have been a number cases reported in the media over recent years criticising Social Services for a lack of intervention where...

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  • North Wales Child Abuse Claims

    Operation Pallial: One year on Operation Pallial was launched in November 2012 with the task of investigating historical allegations of abuse involving a number of children’s homes in North Wales. The investigations centred around the former Bryn...

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  • Souter Sex Abuse Compensation Claims

    Ex-BBC presenter Michael Souter Sent to Prison for 26 Sexual Offences Further Victims Expected to Come Forward to Claim Compensation Michael Souter has been sentenced to 22 years for 26 sexual offences including indecent assault, indecency with a...

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  • A Victory for Victims of Child Abuse

    Child abuse specialist, Rachel Thain, welcomes the publication of new guidelines for prosecutors in child abuse cases The Director of Public Prosecutions has published new guidelines for prosecutors. The guidelines are intended to help prosecutors...

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  • Recovering Compensation in Abuse Claims

    Trainee Legal Executive, Jasmine Butler, looks at the compensation available to victims of abuse Abuse is unfortunately a stark reality for many people in Britain. Victims can be left feeling ashamed, vulnerable and too scared to confide in anyone....

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  • Beeston School Abuse Teacher Convicted

    Teacher convicted for historic child sex offences Our abuse lawyers highlight another case of serious sexual assault by a teacher Father of 3, Mervyn Rush, 68, has been sent to prison for 14 years for abusing boys as young as nine at a North Norfolk...

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  • Victims of Child Abuse in Schools

    Child Abuse in our Schools: The Victim's Perspective In the light of Mervyn Rush’s conviction in Norfolk we look at child abuse from the point of view of the victim and ask whether any good is likely to come from these revelations For those who have...

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  • Rape Victims Claim Compensation from Taxi Rapist

    Will car insurers compensate victims of a taxi driver who sexually assaults his passengers? -Our abuse team consider the decision in AXN & Others v John Worboys and Inceptum Insurance. You would think that a journey home in a taxi should be safe...

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  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Abuse Claim Time Limits

    Important changes to the 2012 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Scheme now published A short review of the impact new Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority time limit rules will have for sexual abuse victims In the light of the Jimmy...

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  • Convicted paedophile Keith Ruby, now behind bars

    Former Somerset teacher is found guilty of sexual abuse and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment 36 year old former teacher Keith Ruby has been convicted of 16 counts of sexual offences against a teenage boy at Taunton Crown Court. Ruby began working...

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  • Call for Urgent Action After Report Highlights the Problem of Child Abuse

    An interim report prepared by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner suggests that the incidence of child abuse in this country is more widespread than we feared. The report, which follows the allegations made against Jimmy Savile and other high...

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  • Bryn Estyn: Uncovering The Truth

    Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that Keith Bristow, head of the New Crime Agency (NCA), will investigate allegations of child abuse at children's homes in North Wales dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.  His task will include a review of...

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  • Savile Abuse Claims - An Update

    Abuse lawyer, Caroline Hudson, provides an update on the sexual abuse compensation claims being made following the Jimmy Savile revelations Reports suggest that Jimmy Savile’s estate, the BBC and the hospitals where he worked are facing over 40...

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  • Burnham Police Community Support Officer Convicted of Sexually Abusing a Schoolgirl

    We report on another disturbing abuse case to hit the headlines in Somerset PCSO Lawrence Dunn was recently found guilty of six counts of sexual activity and two counts of attempted sexual activity involving a teenage girl under the age of 16.  The...

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  • Savile Scandal Prompts Victims of Abuse to Speak Out

    Abuse lawyer, Jenny Hall, reports on the impact of the Jimmy Savile revelations on victims of sexual abuse In the past 5 days the NSPCC has received 40 calls in the wake of further allegations of sexual abuse committed by Jimmy Savile.  It confirmed...

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  • The Savile Legacy

    Inheritance dispute solicitor, Hayley Blyth, considers the impact the current scandal could have on Jimmy Savile's estate The last few weeks must have been very difficult for Jimmy Savile’s friends and family but the disgraced DJ’s estate has...

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  • An update on Vicarious Liability - A move away from Lister?

    The concept of vicarious liability, the principle that a faultless defendant becomes liable for a wrongdoing committed by his employee, servant or agent, remains good law. The doctrine stems from the notorious case of Lister – v – Hesley Hall...

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  • Nigel Leat Victims – The Latest Update

    The Overview report following the Serious Case Review (SCR), which was commissioned by North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (NSSCB) after the arrest of Nigel Leat in December 2010, has now been published. Nigel Leat, a teacher at Hillside...

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  • Burnham on Sea scout leader, David Burland, jailed for 15 years

    Former scout leader, David Burland, has been found guilty of 33 sexual offences against children over a 23 year period. He has now been jailed for 15 years following sentencing at Taunton Crown Court earlier this year. Burland worked in the scout...

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  • No Legal Immunity for Local Authorities - Councils Lose Protection in Abuse Cases

    Historically, local authorities were protected by ‘immunity from suit’ in respect of  negligence claims on public policy grounds, on the basis that the risk of legal proceedings could deter authorities from performing their statutory duties. This...

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  • Essex County Council Pays Compensation to Abuse Victims for Failure to Protect

    In a landmark settlement Essex County Council has paid four siblings sexual abuse compensation totalling nearly £1m for failing to protect them from sexual abuse by their father and uncle. The childrens’ claims of sexual abuse dated back to 1990...

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  • Paedophile is Jailed following Child Abuse at Somerset School

    We report on the harrowing story of child abuse of young children at a North Somerset School. A school teacher has been jailed indefinitely for child abuse, Nigel Leat taught at Hillside First School in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset. A review...

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  • Compensation Following Successful Claim against a Council

    Our abuse lawyers assess the impact of four claimants winning record abuse compensation following their successful claim against a council. ABB & Others v Central Milton Keynes Council Three brothers and a sister have been awarded record levels...

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  • Church Abuse Claims

    We'd look at the growing the number of child abuse claims being made against the church There can be nothing more terrifying for a child than to be abused by an adult in a position of trust. It is hard to imagine how damaging it must be for a child...

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