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Legal Advice on Sexting
Children now are growing up in a digital age. They not only use online services but also are often registered on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few.
Although there are security settings often a child is placed in a situation where they have contact with individuals who take advantage of the online communication. They may find themselves, due to an on-going online or personal relationship, being asked to send naked images of themselves or sexualised messages. If they are asked to do this by an adult this is child abuse.
The Child Abuse team at Ramsdens are able to advise on all claims of this nature supporting the child and their family through what has been a traumatic experience.
Where images or messages as described above have been sent by a child to an adult (or vice versa) it is important that this is reported to the Police who will investigate and put in place steps to prevent future occurrences. A Child Protection Officer can be appointed to the case to ensure that the child feels adequately supported in a safe environment.
It is possible to make a claim for compensation against an institution, organisation or establishment if the abuse took place due to contact with an adult within who should have safeguarded that child and have failed to do so by allowing an abuser to have access to them online or being an abuser themselves.
A claim can also be made against the individual. Here full enquiries will be made as to assets, insurance or other means of pursuing them successfully.
The Child Abuse team at Ramsdens are here to advise on all aspects of sexting from making a claim for compensation to implementing future safeguarding to ensure that this never happens again. We are able to offer practical support to the survivor and their family so that they can move forward with their lives having received compensation to do so.
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, complete the contact form or text LAW to 67777 to book a free information session at any of our offices.