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The home in which a child is raised should be one that allows them to grow and develop. It should be safe and loving. Unfortunately, the current statistics show that 10% of children have experienced neglect.

Neglect occurs when a child does not have their basic needs met. These needs can be anything from ensuring they are washed, fed, have clean clothes, receive medical and dental treatment, allowed access to schooling, and are adequately supervised, ensuring they are not left for any period of time to fend for themselves.

A child may suffer physical harm if the adult fails them, and irrespective of whether there is or is not physical harm, it is often shown that the child has suffered emotional harm. In addition, it may also transpire that the child has suffered some other type of abuse.

The Child Abuse team at Ramsdens understand how difficult it is for anyone to report acts of neglect. Doing so will enable steps to be taken so that this neglect comes to an end and adequate safeguarding is implemented. We are able to act and advise on all aspects of Child Neglect, from a compensation claim to issues of child care and protection.


The starting point is that a claim should be made within 3 years from the child’s 18th birthday. The Court however are able to agree extensions of time here where reasons can be put to them as to why there was a delay. The Court have an understanding that it can take time for neglect to be identified and for survivors to feel ready and able to make a claim.

At Ramsdens we are able to provide you with specialist knowledge of this process and are able to proceed with setting aside the timescales so that a claim can continue out of time.


A claim can be brought against the Local Authority who have a duty to ensure that a child’s care and welfare are protected and maintained, the Local Authority responsible being assessed on the locality to the survivor. If the Local Authority have failed to remove a child from an unsafe home or removed them for a period but then allowed them to be returned without adequate safeguarding, they can be help responsible for their failings and a claim for compensation pursued against them.

A claim can also be made against the individual who caused the neglect. This can be done against the individual direct, dependent on financial resource or via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority detailed under our section “Claims via the CICA”. At Ramsdens we will advise you as to the best course of action, whether that be one or more claims for compensation.


The team at Ramsdens can advise on all aspects of Child Neglect, from Local Authority care, safeguarding, care proceedings through to compensation claims. We have a wealth of expertise on all issues and will provide a fully encompassing service accessible at every occasion. We will work with all concerned to secure a stable and positive future for the survivor.


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.