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A school environment should be a safe and happy one where children can learn and develop. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. Those in authority may abuse their role taking advantage of a vulnerable child. The abuse can come in different forms, sexual, physical or emotional or a combination of these. The affects can be long lasting and traumatising,
Ramsdens are here to support you through the claims process, the team led by Natalie Marrison are specialists in the field of Child Abuse and will guide you though every step of the process. A claim can be made against the School itself and advice also sought with regard to a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
At Ramsdens we can offer advice and support on reporting child abuse to the Police. This should be done as soon as possible in order for the Police to investigate. The Police have specialist trained child protection officers who will be appointed to the case.
A school may have had knowledge of the abuse that was taking place or it may be considered that they should have had knowledge of the abuse or should not have employed the abuser to care for children within their school. In these circumstances a claim can be made against the School direct. The school will be liable for the actions of their employee who committed the abuse.
Alternatively a claim can be made against the individual direct, enquiries being made as to assets that they hold or insurance that would cover them for such a claim.
The Child Abuse team here at Ramsdens are able to advise fully on the best course of action.
A claim usually must be issued prior to the survivors 21st birthday however, where a case involves the abuse of a child the Courts recognise that the Survivor may not come forward for a number of years due to the trauma that they have experienced.
At Ramsdens the team are experienced in facing such challenges and will be able to advise on the prospects of setting aside these timescales so that a claim for compensation can be pursued.
No money can ever compensate the trauma that a child experiences at the hands of an abuser. A claim can, however, enable the survivor to utilise funds to rebuild their lives in a confidential and safe environment.
The team are able to advise on all aspects of a claim, including therapy and rehabilitation services and will work closely with the survivor on an individual basis ensuring they receive the utmost care and attention.
Our team are dedicated to helping survivors of abuse seeking compensation. If you think you may have a claim and wish to speak in confidence please contact our team of experienced solicitors today on 0113 887 1834 or complete the contact form to book a free information session at any of our offices.