Sexual abuse involving children often occurs in the home, behind closed doors. In these cases children are dependent on local authorities and social services to protect them from continuing harm, usually by removing them from the environment in which the abuse is likely to take place.

However the authorities do not always act as swiftly as they should. The result is that many children go on to suffer abuse that could otherwise have been avoided.

If social services have failed to protect a child from harm, we may be able to help. We are experienced in pursuing claims to compensate children who have been so badly let down in this way. These cases are known as a failure to remove claims.

In order to make a successful compensation claim against a local authority we must demonstrate that the authority knew (or ought to have known) that the child was being abused by someone in the family home. The authority has a duty to make enquiries and investigate these situations to enable them to decide whether they need to take action. Vulnerable children are often abused by perpetrators who are already known to the authorities. Many abusers have a history and the local authorities should take this into account. If such people are regarded as presenting a risk to children but the authority fails to take steps to protect them then any child suffering abuse may have the right to claim compensation against the authority concerned.

If you have been abused or neglected in the family home as a consequence of social service’s failure to remove or protect you, or you know someone who has, then contact us now for free initial legal advice in the strictest confidence.

For a FREE and confidential assessment of your abuse compensation claim call our specialist lawyers on FREEPHONE 0808 139 1597 or email us at

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