A former deputy head teacher who taught at a primary school in Baxenden, Lancashire is currently on trial for the alleged historic abuse of a number of former pupils who were entrusted into his care.

Grahame Brennand, now 70-year-old is charged with offences dating back over 30 years and include 48 counts of indecent assault and four of cruelty to a person(s) under 16. His alleged victims include 25 girls and 2 boys.

The trial is nearing its 8th day and is expected to run for 6 weeks.

I represent numerous clients who have suffered the same and similar types of abuse at the hands of their teachers and other professionals within the school setting. Often these victims do not come forward until many years after the offences against them have been committed and frequently, children who experience abuse do not recognise it as such until they become adults.

Many of these sufferers go on to develop psychological symptoms later in life which prevent them from being able to form successful relationships or hold down a job. They undoubtedly deserve to be compensated for their past and future losses as well as for the trauma that they have had to endure and the confusion they have faced in trying to make sense of what happened to them.

The role of my team and I is to advise and assist in pursuing claims for the suffering that these victims endure and often continue to go through for many years afterwards as a result of their highly traumatic childhood experiences.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse at the hands of their teacher or indeed any other person and you would like confidential advice on making a claim, we have a team here at Farleys who are specialised, experienced and dedicated in discussing matters relating to this area of law. It can often be extremely difficult to make that first call but our sensitive and highly confidential approach can help you to try and make sense of your options. Contact our  Abuse Team on 0330 134 6430 or alternatively you can email me at paul.corrigan@farleys.com