Claims against Social Services
It is reasonable to hope that every child will grow up and develop in a safe, stable environment but sadly this does not always happen. By carefully investigating the circumstances, our abuse team can help advise whether a claim may be advanced against an individual abuser, the relevant social services department or foster carers where there has been a failure to properly protect a child from being abused.
Abuse by a family member
It is a sad fact that abuse may be carried out by a member of the immediate family, other relatives, friends or strangers. We need to carefully address the individual circumstances to look at the options that might be appropriate for pursuing a claim for compensation.
Abuse in foster care
Children may be placed in foster care on either a short term or long term basis. The courts have recently confirmed that local authorites will be liable for abuse committed by foster carers without the need to prove any fault on the part of the relevant local authority or social services department.
Failure to remove
Whilst local authority social services departments have various mechanisms and powers to take action to protect children who may be suffering from or at risk of suffering harm or abuse, sometimes things go wrong. When a relevant local authority assumes responsibility for a vulnerable child but then fails in their duty of care there may be a claim to be brought. If a child goes on to suffer abuse due to those failings compensation may be awarded.
Claims under the Human Rights Act
Where a child suffers abuse in care or as a result of a local authority failing to take action to remove them from an abusive environment it may be possible to bring a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998. Our experienced abuse lawyers are able to advise you in respect of this realatively new and developing area of the law.
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 094and 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.