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Children should be encouraged to participate in sporting activities both within and outside the school environment. Parents will often sign children up to a to a weekly sports club and are able to develop their skills in team work, the sport itself and generally have fun. Whilst attending the Sports Club, a parent would not expect their child to suffer abuse at the hands of those who should be supporting and caring for them. Unfortunately this is not always the case.

At Ramsdens the Child Abuse team led by Natalie Marrison are able to act in a claim of this nature, recovering compensation for a survivor and supporting them through the entirety of the claim, from a report to the police to final settlement and plans for the future.


It is always advised to make a report to the Police immediately on learning of the abuse, whether that be by a parent or anyone else who is aware that abuse may have occurred. The Police will place a Child Protection Officer on the individual case who will work with the survivor and their family, obtaining details to proceed to investigate. They are able to visit the child and home or any other safe place.


A claim made against the Sports Club direct will be the strongest claim, due to the insurance they have in place. The Sports Club have a duty to ensure that all teachers, assistants and other workers who engage with the children are suitable and should protect them by safeguarding at all times. Where they are subjected to abuse, the Sports Club will be considered to have failed in their duties to that child. They may have also breached their duty to the child by possessing knowledge of inappropriate behaviour ongoing.

A claim may also be made against the individual abuser, as they may have personal insurance, meaning that a claim can be pursued successfully, if not, enquiries can be made as to assets available.

At Ramsdens we are able to advise with regard to all potential claims and will pursue each and every one with prospects. We frequently win cases which others have turned away.


Strictly a claim should be made by the the child’s 21st birthday. A court, however, acknowledges that a child or their family may find it too upsetting to come forward within such a strict timescale. On this basis, often a claim will be allowed to continue out of time. The court will assess this on a case by case basis.

The Child Abuse team at Ramsdens will work with you, advising on timescales and how the case can continue. We are strong advocates who are able to persuade the Courts here with a wealth of experience in claims proceeding out of time.


The Child Abuse team at Ramsdens will act for you in claiming compensation against a Sports Club or individual associated with it. We will support you from your initial enquiry and report to the Police, advise on Criminal Proceedings and then throughout the compensation claim focusing on the survivors’ rehabilitation needs and also any requirements of support for their families. We ensure that claims are maximised in terms of damages having a wealth of knowledge on case law surrounding this area.


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.

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