Since 2010 more than £2.7 million has been paid out to victims of abuse by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.
The payments relate to 183 different claims and there are 133 cases waiting to be settled. The payments are in relation to physical and sexual abuse suffered by children whilst in the care of the Councils in children’s homes such as Beechwood and in foster placements. The claims relate to abuse which was suffered between 1969 to 2004.
Beechwood Children’s Home in Mapperley was investigated by Nottinghamshire Police’s “Operation Daybreak “ as a result of allegations of abuse at the home between the 1960s and 2000s. The Operation resulted in 12 people, not all connected with the home, being arrested.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is considering whether Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council could have done more to prevent the abuse from happening. The hearings will take place in October in Nottingham and are expected to last for 3 weeks.
Alison Michalska, Corporate Director for Children and Adults at the city council, said: “As part of our ongoing response to allegations of historical physical and sexual abuse in former children’s homes, we have settled a number of civil claims for compensation, without admission of liability. A number of other claims are ongoing. Compensation is paid from our insurance fund. We continue to take these matters seriously and help the police and the national independent inquiry with their investigations, as well as supporting survivors. The safety and quality of care for children has changed and improved beyond recognition in the intervening years both locally and nationally, meaning we have robust measures in place to protect children in our care today from harm.”
Colin Pettigrew, Corporate Director for Children, Families and Cultural Services at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The majority of those claims were by people who were in our care between the mid-1970s and the early 1990s, when the County was also responsible for children’s homes in the City, as well as the County.The total amount of compensation paid since 2010 is £2.48m, which has mainly been met by the county council’s insurance.
Jordans Solicitors have a dedicated team of highly specialist lawyers who can ensure your claim is handled sensitively, enabling you to secure the best level of compensation from those responsible for your traumatic experiences.
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