Children’s homes, approved schools and institutions are places designed to care for and look after some of the most vulnerable members of society. Children are placed at these homes for many reasons, but often come from troubled backgrounds and need support and guidance that has been missing in their family life. There is a duty on the home and their employees to care for and protect the child and ensure that there is a safe and supportive environment for them.
Sadly, we have dealt with a vast number of child abuse cases where staff members at such homes have failed to provide the care and protection for these children and used their position of trust to abuse children in their care. In such child abuse cases, those responsible for the operation of the home can be held liable.
What is institutional abuse?
Institutional abuse refers to when people are mistreated by individuals or a support system designed to provide care for them. There are many different types of institutional abuse, from those occurring in children’s homes, where staff responsibilities are to look after the youngsters, to boarding school abuse.
It can take the form of physical and sexual attacks, or neglect abuse. There are various reasons these types of institutional abuse can occur, such as:
- Poorly trained staff
- Inadequate management
- Closed culture
- Abusive individuals in power
The quicker concerns about institutional abuse are raised, the faster it can be stopped. However, historical instances can still be brought to justice.
Historical child abuse advice
There are now safeguarding measures in place to protect vulnerable children at care homes, approved schools and other institutions. However, this has not always been the case. As child abuse lawyers we have dealt with and are continuing to deal with child abuse cases where individuals have been abused as children or teenagers when at such homes, in some cases several decades ago.
We have extensive experience of dealing with claims involving boarding school abuse, along with physical and sexual abuse at children’s homes. Click here for a list of some of the many homes and institutions we are familiar with and have acted against.
How can Jordans help?
Our specialist child abuse solicitors have represented many people who have suffered abuse while in the care system. If the abuse takes place by a staff member of the children’s home in the course of their employment, a court is likely to find those operating the home responsible.
If you have been a victim of abuse within a children’s home, our specialist lawyers are here to listen to your experiences. They will provide advice on the legal options available and the prospects of obtaining compensation for the impact that neglect, children’s home and boarding school abuse has had on your life.
Make abuse claims against approved schools and children’s homes with Jordans
The effects of being abused in school, care homes and other institutions can have lifelong implications. This can have an extreme impact on their development as adults and their day to day functioning.
If you or someone you know has suffered abuse at a children’s home, approved school or other institution, please contact the abuse team on our dedicated freephone number 0800 9555 094. One of our specialist child abuse lawyers will be happy to discuss your situation in confidence – they are here to provide support and guidance at a very difficult time.
Our expert solicitors will endeavour to recover compensation to allow you to seek the required support and rebuild your life, whatever the nature of your abuse claims.
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