The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is holding a public inquiry into the sexual abuse of children in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils in Nottingham next week.

The hearing is taking place from the 1st to the 5th October 2018 at the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.

It is a public hearing where the inquiry will hear evidence from people who suffered sexual abuse at the Beechwood Children’s Home in Mapperley and whilst in foster care.

Beechwood Children’s home was investigated by Nottinghamshire’s Police Operation Daybreak and resulted in 12 people, not all connected with the home, being arrested. Operation Daybreak is investigating allegations of abuse from 1967 to present date.

Recently, Dean Gathercole, an ex social worker employed by the Nottinghamshire County Council has been convicted of serious sexual offences of two children who were residents of the Amberdale Children’s Home in the 1980’s.

The IICSA will consider whether Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Council’s could have done more to prevent the abuse from happening, the nature and extent of the abuse, the response by the Councils to the allegations and whether the Councils sought to investigate, learn lessons and implement changes as a result of the allegations. The support they provided to victims and survivors will also be considered.

Two more weeks of hearings are scheduled to take place in London from the 8th to the 12th October and the 22nd to the 26th October 2018.

Jordans Solicitors are representing victims of Beechwood Children’s Home and other homes in Nottingham including, Skegby Hall, Amberdale and Wollaton House to obtain compensation through civil claims for the abuse they suffered as children.

Since 2010 more than £2.7 million has been paid out to victims of abuse by the Councils. The payments are in relation to physical and sexual abuse suffered by children whilst in children’s homes in Nottingham and in foster placements between 1969 and 2004.

If you would like help in pursuing a claim please contact us, we have a team of highly specialised lawyers who can ensure that your claim is handled sensitively, enabling you to secure the best level of compensation from those responsible for your traumatic experiences. You can contact us free on 0330 300 1103 or request a call back from a member of our team.

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