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When children attend sports clubs, parents 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, which is why it is vital that those affected receive the support they need to pursue a sports club abuse compensation claim.
At Ramsdens Solicitors, our team of abuse law specialists have considerable experience in acting for survivors of abuse, and understand the importance of delivering compassionate, comprehensive legal support during this stressful and upsetting process. We will guide you through every step of the legal claim proceedings, making you aware of any time limits and helping you achieve the best possible outcome.
To find out more about how we can help, contact us by calling 0113 887 1834. You can also fill out our online enquiry form to request a call back or book a free information session at one of our offices.
The child abuse team at Ramsdens will act for you in claiming compensation against a sports club or any individual associated with it.
We will support you from your initial enquiry through to the eventual compensation claim stage, including:
Our team is led by partner Natalie Marrison, a Legal 500-recognised expert in this field, who works closely with charities supporting survivors of abuse. We take all potential claims seriously and will pursue each and every one of them with our partners, frequently winning cases that others have turned away.
We are dedicated to using our wealth of knowledge on case law surrounding this area to ensure a fair settlement, giving you and your family the best chance of moving on with your lives.
How should sports club abuse be reported to the police?
It is always advised to make a report to the police immediately after learning of the abuse, whether that be by a parent or anyone else who is aware that abuse may have occurred.
The police will then assign a child protection officer to the individual case, who will work with the survivor and their family to obtain details to facilitate an investigation. The officer will be able to visit the child at home or any other safe place in order to carry out this process.
What is the best way of making a sports club abuse claim?
A claim made directly against the sports club is always likely to be strongest, due to the insurance they will have in place. The club has a duty to ensure that all teachers, assistants and other workers who engage with the children are suitable, and that they are protecting the youngsters in their care by safeguarding at all times.
When children are subjected to abuse, the sports club will be considered to have failed in their duties. They may have also breached their duty to the child by possessing knowledge of inappropriate behaviour going on.
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 regarding assets they may have available.
What are the time limits for making a sports club abuse claim?
Strictly speaking, abuse claims of this kind should be made by the child’s 21st birthday. However, the courts acknowledge that a child or their family may find it too upsetting to come forward within such a strict timescale, meaning that claims will sometimes be allowed to continue even past this deadline.
Eligibility in these circumstances will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, making it essential to seek advice from an experienced team of strong legal advocates who are able to persuade the court to consider these cases.