Client S instructed Kelly Darlington of Farleys Solicitors following sexual abuse suffered during childhood.
As a child, S’s family were known to Social Services. In 2002, the Claimant was placed with her grandparents and Interim Care Orders were obtained by the Local Authority. The Claimant subsequently was sexually abused in this placement over approximately a four-year period between the ages of 8-12 years. The abuser had a history of sexual offences and was a clear risk.
How Farleys’ Abuse Team Helped
Farleys obtained and reviewed the Claimant’s Social Services records which confirmed that from 2002 the Defendant had assumed a responsibility for the welfare of the Claimant and owed a duty of care.
Farleys obtained detailed medical evidence from a specialist psychiatrist. The Claimant suffered from depression and anxiety, had a diagnosis of drug psychosis and had a history of self-harm. Farleys also obtained an expert report detailing the impact of the permanent scarring the Claimant is left with as a result of the self-harm.
Farleys argued that not only should the Claimant be entitled to an award for her injury from 2002 onwards but that she should also receive compensation for the impact the abuse had on her education and subsequent employability, as she suffered abuse at a crucial time in her education.
Farleys acted on behalf of Client S for over 6 years. The Local Authority admitted a breach of duty from 2002 on the basis of the date that the authority had assumed responsibility when the Claimant was placed with her grandparents, however, denied causation. Following a considerable amount of work in reviewing relevant records and obtaining expert reports, initially an offer of £80,000 was put forward. Following further negotiation, the Defendants were prepared to increase and settled the claim for a payment to Client S of £90,000 in relation to failings during her childhood.