Sports coaches are placed in a position of trust and owe a duty of care to the children they coach. Unfortunately, we are finding increasing numbers of cases where coaches have breached that duty of care and abused their position of trust through grooming, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and/or sexual abuse.
Perpetrators of abuse in sport choose these settings as they allow them to isolate their victims under the guise of one-on-one coaching while subjecting them to abuse which has a lasting impact on their lives. Abusers have also been known to manipulate the parents or guardians of a child so they are unaware of what is taking place and continue to trust the coach so the abuse can continue for some time.
In March 2021, child abuse laws were changed to include sports coaches, banning them from engaging in sexual activity with 16- or 17-year olds in their care, despite them being above the age of consent in the UK.
Our abuse claims specialists at Farleys have many years of experience acting for people who have experienced abuse at the hands of their sports coaches while under the age of 18, and assisted them in their search for closure. We have successfully secured damages for clients to allow them to access the therapy and support they need to move on with their lives.
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If you or your child have suffered abuse at the hands of a sports coach, whether recently or historically, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. You can discuss the possibility of making a claim with a member of our team in confidence. We will explain the process and ensure you are informed of what is involved before you instruct us to pursue the claim on your behalf.
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