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School Child Abuse Claims Legal Advice

If you’re an abuse survivor, you are not alone. We are leading specialists in abuse law at Farleys Solicitors, and have more than 20 years of experience in seeking justice for our clients, including in a number of high-profile cases. If you or a loved one has suffered abuse at the hands of a teacher, or member of a public institution, please don’t hesitate to contact our specialist abuse compensation team. 

For a private and confidential conversation on pursuing a claim, you can contact us today on 0330 134 6430, or alternatively get in touch using our online enquiry form.

In every child sexual abuse case we’ve taken on throughout our long history, we’ve always prioritised the safety, comfort and wellbeing of our clients. We recognise how difficult it can be to open up to a stranger about physical, emotional or sexual abuse you’ve been subjected to, and the associated emotions that often develop afterwards, such as feelings of shame or guilt. That’s why we work hard to establish a safe environment where you can trust our specialist solicitors to listen without judgement, and give you clear, straightforward legal advice on your claim.

The passage of time doesn’t necessarily have to be a barrier – it’s not unusual for some people to go years or even decades before they’re ready to talk about their experiences. No matter how long ago the abuse occurred, we want to help you find justice. As national specialists in abuse law, we know that pursuing a compensation claim can provide a sense of much-needed closure, as well as giving you access to the support and counselling that you may need to move on with your life.

You will never have to speak to the abuser themselves. Indeed, a majority of cases never end up going to court. If yours is one of the very few exceptions, you can trust our experienced solicitors to remain by your side through the entirety of your case and manage all communications with the individuals / institutions concerned.

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FAQs

What are the time limits for making a school child abuse claim?

Technically speaking, the letter of the law says that claims are supposed to be made within 3 years of the abuse taking place, or before the child affected reaches their 21st birthday. In practice though, the courts recognise the magnitude of the difficulties that many survivors have in sharing their experiences - especially if they’ve been threatened by their abuser, or if they didn’t previously understand that what happened to them was wrong.

Survivors may have to deal with one of the following:

- Fear of not being believed
- Feelings of shame or guilt
- Fear of the abuser, especially after intimidation or explicit threats of violence
- Difficulty in articulating the nature or scale of the abuse
- Trying to protect family or loved ones (or even the abuser themselves)
- Feelings of powerlessness
- Suppression of the memories of the abuse
- Struggles with the psychological impact of the abuse

If any of this sounds like something that you or a loved one has experienced - or are currently experiencing - then we’re here to help at Farleys.

It’s not unusual for school child abuse cases can be brought (and won) years or even decades after the abuse occurred. However, it’s worth noting that the sooner a case is brought, the better its chances of success, as it could make it easier to collect vital evidence that might otherwise be in danger of being moved, lost, or destroyed.

What is the process for making a school child abuse claim?

Just like our process for other types of abuse here at Farleys, our process for school child abuse claims can be classified into several different stages. By working progressively through these, we can ensure that it’s easier for us to collect all the relevant evidence we need for your claim, and assemble it into a solid case with the best chance of success.

The main stages of this process are as follows:

A free case assessment with one of our expert solicitors. Here, we’ll assess the likelihood of success for your claim. We know that this can be the most difficult part of the entire process for a lot of people, so we do everything we can to make you feel comfortable and secure throughout.

Allocation to a specialist who will handle your case. From this point onwards, this specialist solicitor will serve as your main point of contact, so you don’t have to repeat the painful details of your story to multiple different people. Instead, your personal solicitor will keep the details of your case confidential, giving you control over what you’re comfortable sharing, and with whom.

Collection of evidence. This is obviously the most critical stage, and accordingly, it can often be the most complex and time-consuming. Depending on the background and details of your case, we may feel would be beneficial to your case to bring in outside experts, such as psychologists or psychiatrists. If that becomes necessary though, we’ll always get your permission in writing first.

Tally of compensation amount. Lots of our clients tell us that the exact amount of their settlement isn’t the most important aspect of their case - they’re often more concerned with seeking a sense of justice, and achieving closure. We understand that here at Farleys, but equally we know a settlement can be invaluable in supporting you in other areas of your life (ranging from your mental health to your job security), so we make sure to focus on securing you an amount that properly reflects the gravity of your circumstances.

Settling your claim. As soon as all the relevant evidence has been collected, we’ll be ready to bring your case against the person or party responsible. We should take a moment here to reassure you that you’ll never have to speak to your abuser directly, and indeed most cases are resolved long before they go to court. If yours is one of the very few exceptions, you can count on us to be here to support you every step of the way.

Who should I claim against?

That depends on the circumstances of the case in question. If a school employee was the perpetrator of the abuse, then it’s generally possible to make a claim against the individual directly. However, you can also sue their employer.

The identity of the liable party will change depending on whether it’s a state school or a private school. If it’s a state school, the local authority will be liable. If it’s a private school, then the responsibility lies with the owners or governors. With decades of experience behind us in school abuse cases, at Farleys we can help you decide on the best approach.

What compensation can I claim?

Our expert abuse claim solicitors can help you claim for:

Care Requirements, Present and Future
Loss of Earnings, Present and Future
Medication
Physical Injury
Psychological Trauma
Other Treatment Costs

Will my confidentiality be protected?

Yes. We appreciate just how important that trust and confidentiality is to cases like this, so at Farleys we have a range of measures to protect your privacy. We keep everything confidential, and all documents in connection with your case are regarded as strictly classified. In the progression of your case requires us to enlist the help or expertise of any external parties - whether individual experts or larger organisations like social services or the police - we will always seek your permission in writing first. Equally, we can apply to the court for client anonymity on your behalf.

How will be my compensation claim be funded?

We will advise you on funding for your claim. We are often able to bring such cases on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

Some abuse victims will qualify for public funding. Farleys Solicitors holds a Legal Aid franchise in five of our offices and we can advise you as to whether you will qualify.

What kinds of abuse claims do Farleys handle?

Our abuse claim solicitors will be able to help you claim compensation for all forms of physical and sexual abuse, including:

Child Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Physical Abuse
Neglect

Contact a Specialist Abuse Solicitor

From your first point of contact we will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation and support you deserve,  to help you gain closure and begin to move forward with your life. To speak to a member of our team about child abuse in a school setting, contact Farleys on 0330 134 6430, alternatively please complete your details below and we will call you back.

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