Child Sex Abuse victims could receive compensation from Rochdale Council after it received criticism from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Rochdale Council has arranged a meeting to take place on the 3rd May 2018 to, “scrutinise the independent report and provide a formal response.” The Council also confirmed that it was, “examining a number of compensation claims.”

More than 40 men have alleged that they were victims of sexual abuse whilst at Knowl View School, Cambridge House and elsewhere in Rochdale between the 1960’s to the 1990’s.

The IICSA found that local authorities in Greater Manchester showed a, “ total lack of urgency to address sexual exploitation of the boys there” and that, “ valuable opportunities were lost in 1989 and 1999 to prosecute MP Cyril Smith who was the former Governor of Knowl View and Honorary Secretary of Cambridge House for sexual abuse.

Steve Rumbelow Chief Executive of Rochdale Council has said:

“Although IICSA made no recommendations to us, its report will be considered by us and our councillors so that a formal response can be given. The council acknowledges that there were significant failings, both in the way that Knowl View School was managed, and in the council’s response to concerns about sexual abuse within and outside the school.”


Jordans Solicitors represent victims of abuse. If you would like help in pursuing a civil claim for compensation, please make contact with us by email, telephone on our Freephone telephone number 0800 9555 094 or by completing a request call back form.

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