Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme
This scheme deals with applications for compensation payments to people who as children were abused or feared abuse at a Lambeth Children’s Home and/or Shirley Oaks Primary School. The scheme will remain open until the 1st January 2020.
Harm’s Way Payment
If you were a resident at a Lambeth Children’s Home and feared you would be physically or sexually abused or were neglected or suffered cruelty whilst you were there, you are entitled to receive a Harm’s Way Payment if you meet the following specific criteria:
1. You are able to prove that you were a resident at the home;
2. You are able to demonstrate that your experience interfered with your ability to experience happiness and fulfilment during your childhood within the relevant qualifying period;
3. You were a resident as a child at a Lambeth Specialist Unit for children with disabilities.
If the above criteria can be meet then you are entitled to receive a harm’s way payment of up to £10,000. The amount of compensation you receive will be determined on the length of time you were at the home. If you were at a specialist unit then an award of £10,000.00 will be made to you irrespective of the length of time you were at the unit.
Individual Redress Payment
If you were a resident at a Lambert Children’s Home and suffered sexual or physical abuse and/or psychological injury you are entitled to receive an Individual Redress Payment if you meet the following criteria:
1. You are able to prove that you were a resident at a Lambeth’s Children’s Home and on the balance of probabilities lived in an environment which caused you to fear that you would be subject to immediate physical abuse and mistreatment and/or sexual abuse and/or neglect and/or cruelty;
2. You are able to prove that you were a resident or a visitor to a Lambeth Children’s Home or Shirley Oaks Primary School as a child and
3. There is evidence to show on the balance of probabilities that when you were a child you suffered sexual and/or physical abuse and/or psychological injury and
4. The abuse was committed by a person under the operation and supervision of Lambeth Council;
5. The abuse was committed by a foster carer in circumstances were you were removed from a Lambeth Children’s Home into a foster care placement.
The compensation will reflect the severity of the abuse you have suffered as well as the hurt, fear and humiliation you have experienced and the lifetime consequences the abuse has caused both in childhood and adulthood.
The payment awards are calculated with reference to a tariff and the most suitable award will be calculated by reference to the most severe harm suffered and where this sits within the tariff.
How can we help?
Our team will be able to advise you whether you met the eligibility criteria to enable your application to succeed and the route which is most suitable for your claim. We can also assist in completing the application form and the preparation of a statement to provide evidence to show the abuse you have suffered or the environment you lived in and how this has affected your life.
We can also advise you on the value of the award you have received and represent you in any appeal procedures.
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 094 and 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.Return to Cases Overview