Claims against Social Services
It is reasonable to hope that every child will grow up and develop in a safe, stable environment but sadly this does not always happen. By carefully investigating the circumstances, our abuse team can help advise whether a claim may be advanced against an individual abuser, the relevant social services department or foster carers where there has been a failure to properly protect a child from being abused.
Abuse by a family member
It is a sad fact that abuse may be carried out by a member of the immediate family, other relatives, friends or strangers. We need to carefully address the individual circumstances to look at the options that might be appropriate for pursuing a claim for compensation.
Abuse in foster care
Children may be placed in foster care on either a short term or long term basis. It is important that proper procedures are in place to check the suitability of any potential foster carers and to monitor a childs progress once placed. Where this does not happen and a child has suffered harm as a result of abuse then it is possible for a claim to be pursued.
Failure to remove
When the relevant authorities become aware that a child is in need of protection various mechanisms come into play that are intended to deal with the situation. Unfortunately there are times when these mechanisms fail to offer the proper protection and as a result a child may suffer physical, emotional and/or psychological harm.
Where a child becomes known to social services there is a reasonable expectation that their circumstances will be properly investigated. There are times when those investigations fail to properly address the issues and leave a vulnerable child at risk. Sometimes the only course of action would be to ensure that a child who is suffering the effects of abuse is removed from the harmful environment. If a child is not removed from an abusive environment then this can lead to serious harm. In these circumstances a claim for compensation can be investigated.
What can we do
The effects of abuse on a child can have far reaching implications, having an extreme impact on their development as adults and their day to day functioning.
Our Child Abuse Lawyers are here to provide support and guidance at a very difficult time. If you or someone you know has suffered abuse in any of the situations outlined above please contact the Abuse Team on our dedicated freephone number 0800 9555 094and one of our specialist Child Abuse Lawyers will be happy to discuss your situation in confidence.
Whilst we cannot change what has happened in the past, we will endeavour to recover compensation to allow you to seek the required support to rebuild your life.