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How Much Compensation Can I Claim If I Have Suffered Child Abuse?

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 15th July 2022. Welcome to our guide on child care home sexual abuse claims. We hope this guide to child abuse claims and child abuse compensation proves helpful to you.

It can feel like there is no one to turn to if you have been abused or are the carer or parent of a child that has been abused. While we cannot make this horrible ordeal disappear, we can help you get compensation for a care home claim. You deserve child abuse compensation to help you recover from the pain and suffering you have experienced and get justice for what has happened.

If you prefer, you can contact our team confidentially for free legal advice. Our advisors are available 24/7. You can call them on 0800 073 8804. However, if you prefer, you can contact us through our website or speak to us using the chat window now on your screen.

For more information on child abuse claims, including how to claim, how much compensation you could receive, and how we can help, please read on.

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A guide to claims for child abuse

Sadly, cases of child abuse are a lot more common than we would all like to believe. If you have been the victim of child abuse or are the parent or carer of a child that has been abused, it is important to make a compensation claim for child abuse. This is something we can assist with.

These cases are usually made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). We can assist you in making a claim and our professional, experienced solicitors have helped many people receive child abuse compensation.

Below, we will explain everything you need to know about child abuse cases. Whether you have been abused at school, you want to report child abuse at church, or you have been the victim of online abuse, we can assist. Read on to discover more about making a claim, what it entails, and what you can secure compensation for.

Do victims of abuse get compensation?

You may be wondering, “do victims of abuse get compensation?” This guide will answer this question as well as clarify the different types of child abuse which can occur and examine statistics on these different forms of abuse.

We’ll also analyse child abuse that can occur in certain areas, including churches, schools, and within football clubs or other sports clubs. Potential claims against social services will also be discussed.

Also, we’ll talk about your options if you wish to claim for child abuse caused by foster parents. This guide also looks in detail at potential compensation awards offered when you make a child abuse claim.

We will also talk about how a child abuse compensation claim could be started on a No Win No Fee basis and what benefits this can bring. Furthermore, we’ll explain how our advisors and services could assist you if you consider making a compensation claim for child abuse.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse is any type of intentional action that harms a child. There are many different types of child abuse. This could be a lack of attention, care, and love, which can be considered neglect. It can also cover more overt forms of abuse, such as sexual or physical abuse. 

Child abuse can also be emotional, sexual, and physical. All forms of child abuse can be incredibly difficult to deal with and can cause lasting physical and psychological injuries.

You could experience child abuse as a singular, independent event. Alternatively, it could last months or, in some cases, years. Regardless of how many times you’ve been affected by this type of abuse, you may be able to make a child abuse compensation claim. Read on for further information about child care home sexual abuse claims.

What to do if you or a family member has been a victim of child abuse

If you have experienced child abuse, or one of your family members has, it is important to remember that you are not alone. We will help you build a strong case. To do that, it is beneficial to gather evidence, if possible. While you won’t want to relive the experience of your horrific ordeal, it can

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help to take photographs of any physical injuries, if applicable.

Also, if anyone witnessed the abuse you experienced, you should get their contact details. For cases of online abuse, you should screenshot any images. Finally, make sure you keep receipts and any other proof of expenses you have encountered as a direct consequence of your injuries. This could be the cost of counselling sessions or lost income.

How to begin a child abuse compensation claim

How do you start a compensation claim for child abuse? To launch a child abuse claim, all you need to do is give us a call. We have helped many people that have been in your position, and you can be sure that we will be sensitive and supportive regarding your case. Furthermore, we aim to ensure this process is as painless as possible.

We always begin with a free consultancy session. Here, we will discover the facts regarding your case. This enables us to tell you about the strength of your case, as well as the process involved. We also operate on a No Win No Fee basis, which may make it easier for you to fund legal representation from a financial perspective.

We can also arrange a local medical appointment for you with an experienced medical professionalThis is necessary to ensure that a professional medical report about your condition is created. This assessment can help determine the extent of your injuries and the amount of compensation you are entitled to.

How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For Abuse?

If it’s known who the abuser is, it can sometimes be possible to make a claim directly against them. However, this depends on factors such as whether the assailant:

  • Is identified and caught
  • Has the funds to pay the compensation

If a claim is made directly against the assailant, then the time limit is generally 3 years from the date the child turns 18. This means that the claim must be started within this period of time. However, there can be exceptions.

Prior to the child reaching adulthood, the time limit is suspended. For child claims during this suspended period, a litigation friend must be appointed to claim on behalf of the child.

If the above is not applicable, a claim could still potentially be made through the CICA. The CICA is funded by the government and pays compensation according to a fixed tariff in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012.

If you wish to claim compensation for abuse through the CICA, you generally have a 2-year time limit from the date of the abuse. However, each case is judged on a case-by-case basis. In other words, this time limit is not necessarily absolute. For instance, you may have felt emotionally overwhelmed or unsafe due to the thought of coming forward. Historical abuse claims can sometimes be made outside the 2-year window.

If you’d like the assistance of our child abuse solicitors in making a historical abuse claim, get in touch today.

Types of child abuse

  • Harmful sexual behaviour
  • Grooming
  • Child trafficking
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Online abuse
  • Neglect
  • Sexual abuse
  • Domestic abuse

Statistics on child abuse

It is impossible to determine just how many children are abused in the UK. This is because a large portion of cases go unreported. However, government statistics show more than 50,000 children are identified as requiring protection from abuse, as of early 2021.

Here are some statistics regarding different types of abuse:

Online abuse

The NSPCC estimate that the police recorded over 25,300 child abuse image and sexual grooming cybercrimes between April 2019 and January 2020.

Sexual abuse

Research suggests that 1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused.

Physical abuse

The latest statistics show that, from 2015 to 2019, there were, on average, 58 child deaths caused by assault or undetermined intent in the UK every year.


For protected children in England, neglect was the most common category of abuse in 2019.

Emotional abuse

In the year ending March 2019, in England and Wales, over 9.3% of adults aged between 18 to 74 experienced some form of emotional abuse before the age of sixteen.

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

According to the NHS, between July 2021 to September 2021, 1,530 women and girls were identified as having suffered from female genital mutilation.

Child trafficking

National Referral Mechanism statistics on modern slavery show that, between 1 July to 30 September 2021, the Home Office reported that there were 3,324 potential victims of modern slavery. Of this amount, 1,353 claimed exploitation as children.

Harmful sexual behaviour

Adolescent boys are most commonly identified as exhibiting harmful sexual behaviour, but it can be identified in girls and younger children.

Anyone suffering the impact of such abuse could file child abuse compensation claims. The rest of this guide explains child care home sexual abuse claims in further depth.

Can I claim if my child has been sexually abused?

You may be wondering who can claim child abuse. Not only can the survivor of the abuse claim, but if you are a guardian or parent of a child that has been abused, you can also make a claim. If a loved one has died due to abuse or does not have the mental capacity to make their own legal decisions, you may also be able to claim on their behalf.

We have helped many clients make claims involving sexual abuse and neglect, psychological and physical harm. It does not matter who the abuser was, even if it was an organisation that was responsible for the safety of your child yet failed to protect them.

It may have been someone in a position of authority of trust who took advantage of this. All that matters is being able to show that someone else abused you, your child, or a loved one. Adults could make child abuse claims on behalf of children affected by sexual abuse.

Shirley Oaks

You are probably well aware of the Shirley Oaks case. It has been revealed that hundreds of children were abused at this children’s home between the 1950s and the 1980s.

During this period, roughly 7,000 vulnerable children, between the ages of a few months old to 14-years-old, were meant to be cared for at this children’s home, which Lambeth Council ran. Instead, hundreds were subjected to physical, mental, and sexual abuse at the hands of those in positions of trust, including teachers, doctors, sports coaches, and priests.

Lambeth Council has now committed to paying tens of millions of pounds in compensation to those that suffered at the hands of this horrific ordeal. A compensation scheme has been set up to cover anyone who was placed at the children’s home, including those who were not abused.

You could receive compensation from a scheme like this. However, you may receive more compensation if you make a personal injury claim for historical abuse. This is why it might be better to give us a call. We will be able to assist you, ensuring the maximum compensation you deserve.

Children’s home child abuse claims

Unfortunately, Shirley Oaks is not an isolated incident, as we have dealt with many other cases whereby children have been abused while living in a children’s home. If this has happened to you or someone you love, it can be difficult to know what to do. It is important to know that we will be there to support you during this horrible time.

Our track record is proven in this area. We have helped many people claim against specific children’s homes and social services, and other institutions. Our expert solicitors have the experience and training necessary to ensure maximum child abuse compensation if you or a child you care for has been abused while at a children’s home.

Church child abuse claims

We can help you claim if someone who works for the church has abused you or your child. We know that these cases can be very difficult, as you may feel worried about bringing your experience forward, especially when it is against someone seemingly so respected in your local community.

Our track record is proven when helping people claim compensation following abuse from vergers, ministers, monks, nuns, elders, trainees, volunteers, priests, and other religious leaders. We have dealt with claims against various religious organisations, from the Jehovah’s Witnesses to the Church of England. And we could also help you with your child care home sexual abuse claims.

Child abuse at football or sports clubs

Most children love joining sports clubs, be it football, rugby, or any other type of sport. So, when someone abuses their position of trust while working for a sports club, it can be extremely upsetting and damaging.

There have been many high profile cases in the media that have highlighted the abuse that has been suffered in various sports, with a football case being the most recent that was brought to light. If you suffered abuse many years ago, there still might be a chance for you to make a claim, so please get in touch with us to help you get the child abuse compensation you deserve.

Claims against social services

If you feel that social services have been negligent in providing support for you and your family, you can claim against them. If they could have helped avoid the neglect or abuse being suffered, you deserve to be compensated for this. We appreciate that such cases can take a toll on your emotions and be very complex, but there is no need to worry when you use our service, as we have many years of experience and will ensure your case is held most efficiently.

School child abuse claims

We send our children to school and put them in the care of those that work there. We expect this should be one of the safest places for them. It usually is, but, unfortunately, there are cases where teachers have abused children or other people associated with the school have abused their position.

This can be a traumatic and devastating experience. We have helped children that have been abused at all forms of schools, including private, state, boarding and religious schools. Whether the abuse was physical, sexual, or emotional, we can help you secure the child abuse compensation owed.

You may be able to claim directly against the school if due diligence wasn’t performed, such as DBS checks, when hiring a teacher that abused your child. To learn more about how you can claim compensation for this, please contact our team of advisors for legal advice that is completely free.

Scouts child abuse claims

Parents place a lot of trust in the volunteers and leaders of Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, and other associations. If someone has taken advantage of their position, you could claim compensation from them. We understand the unique nature of these claims, and we will use our expert experience and knowledge to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation possible.

What can be claimed for after a child abuse claim?

You can claim several different things when it comes to child abuse claims. This includes:

  • General damages: This is designed to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced – both physically and emotionally.
  • Loss of earnings: If you have been unable to work, or this has ruined your child’s future earning ability, you can claim for this too.
  • Special damages: This covers any costs associated with the claim, from medical expenses to travel costs.

Have you been abused by foster parents?

We have also helped children that have been abused at the hands of their foster parents. Foster parents are in the ultimate position of trust, and if they have abused this, they should be brought to justice. We have many years of experience in these types of cases, and we will be with you every step of the way.

How much compensation will I get after a child abuse compensation claim?

We often get asked about compensation amounts for child abuse claims. Below, you will find a table displaying some of the potential compensation amounts you could receive for different types of injuries.

However, we cannot provide you with an accurate figure of the criminal injury compensation you could receive until we review your case. This is because the compensation amount is dependent on many different factors.

The compensation figures provided in the table below are based on tariffs from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. When abuse claims are handled by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), the tariffs from this scheme are normally used to decide what compensation should be provided if a claim is successful. The scheme provides tariffs for physical and psychological injuries caused by crimes such as child abuse.

How much compensation you can receive through these tariffs depends on how many injuries you’re claiming for, what exactly the injuries are and the severity of them.

Under the scheme, you will usually receive 100% of the tariff for what’s considered your most serious injury. For the second most serious injury you’re claiming for, you’ll receive 30% from the tariff. For your third most serious injury, you’ll be compensated with 15% of the tariff applied. See the table below for information on tariffs pertaining to your potential child care home sexual abuse claims.

Reason for compensation
*as a minor
Typical compensation amountComments
Sexual Assault£1,500Non penetrative sexual assault over clothing.
Serious Sexual Assault£3,300Non-penile penetrative sexual assault. (1 incident.)
Severe Sexual Assault£4,400Non-penile penetrative sexual assault. (2 or more isolated incidents.)
Sexual Assault£22,000Resulting in permanently disabling mental
illness confirmed by psychiatric prognosis.
Sexual Assault£30,000Severe mental illness.
Non-consensual Penile Penetration£33,000Moderate mental illness with severe internal injury.
Non-consensual Penile Penetration£47,000Severe mental illness and internal bodily injury.

More examples of child abuse claim payouts

When making child abuse claims through the CICA, there can be figures other than payments for the injuries to consider. They’re known as special expenses. However, you should know that you are only eligible to receive special expenses payments if you have been off work for more than 28 weeks.

Special expenses are for certain costs and losses that have taken place due to the abuse you have experienced. You’ll need access to sufficient evidence to prove the financial impact the abuse has had on you. Here are some examples of costs you could claim for as part of child abuse settlements:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical costs
  • Care costs that arise from you being unable to care for yourself

However, it’s important to note that the CICA will only provide special expenses for costs that were necessary and reasonable.

If you want to know more about special expenses and child abuse settlements, then get in touch with us. Our advisors are trained to deal with topics such as child abuse compensation with the utmost discretion, care, and compassion.

No Win No Fee child abuse claims

One of the main benefits of using our service is that all of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won’t need to pay any of your solicitor’s legal fees if your case is not a success. Furthermore, there will be no hidden fees and the legal fees of your solicitor will be a small, legally capped portion of your compensation, only taken once a settlement has been agreed.

There are many knock-on benefits associated with this type of service. For example, you aren’t going to need to pay anything upfront. Moreover, the mere fact that our earnings are based on the outcome of the case assures you that:

  1. We only take on cases that we believe have a genuine chance of compensation.
  2. We’ll do all in our power to ensure a positive result.

Why choose us as your claims service for your child abuse claim?

Whether you have been the victim of child abuse or want to claim on behalf of your own child or a child that you care for, we can help. We have many years of experience in the industry and an exceptional reputation to back it up. Furthermore, we always put our clients at the heart of what we do.

We appreciate that you are going through one of the most horrific ordeals possible, and we know we can’t make the hurt go away. What we can do, however, is secure the maximum payout possible and ensure you get justice. Furthermore, we can also do this in the quickest, most efficient, and stress-free manner.

We want you to focus on your own well being while we concentrate on working in the background to get you the compensation you are entitled to. We will be with you every step of the way. If you ever have a question or concern, all you need to do is give us a call, and we will be there to answer it.

Call for free advice and to start a claim.

If you have been a victim of child abuse and would like to make a claim, all you need to do is give our friendly and professional team a call on 0800 073 8804. One of our advisors will listen to your case, and ask all of the necessary questions to determine whether you may be able to receive compensation.

They will talk you through the claim process and answer any queries you may have. You can be sure that they will be sensitive to what you are going through. This is what makes our firm different from others: our main priority is you. We will do all in our power to ensure the claim process is as stress-free as possible.

Child abuse help links

NSPCC Help and Advice

This link takes you to the NSPCC, where you will find what to do if you are worried about a child and suspect they are being abused. So, you can report it online or contact their helpline.

ChildLine – Help Advice and Abuse Safety

Find out about the different types of abuse, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse, and more.

Government Report Child Abuse

This link takes you to the government guidelines on child abuse. It includes information on what to report and what will happen when you report it.

Report rape or sexual assault – GOV.UK

If you or a family member is the victim of rape or sexual assault, you can contact the police organisations. Call 999 to report a rape or attempted rape.

NHS – Abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault

NHS Information on sexual abuse and rape also finds out how you can support a friend or recognise the signs of sexual abuse. For more information, visit this NHS sexual abuse webpage.

How Much Compensation For Sexual Abuse?

Find out how much compensation you can claim if you were the victim of child abuse or sexual abuse and get free legal advice.

How Much Compensation For Rape Victims?

Visit this link to see how much compensation you could receive from personal injury claims after suffering a rape.

Other guides you may find helpful:

Child Abuse Claims and Child Abuse Compensation FAQs

What are the 4 main areas of abuse?

There are many different types of abuse. These are physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional abuse.  

What are the consequences of abusing a child?

The child could suffer psychologically and physically, and the harmful effects of abuse could carry through into adulthood. 

child-abuse-compensation-statistics-graphWhat are the latest statistics on the prevalence of child abuse?

This graph uses data from the Office for National Statistics to examine the prevalence of child abuse and different forms of abuse suffered by children in England and Wales. So, you can find these and other statistics here

What should I do if I know someone is being abused?

If you suspect someone either has been or is being abused, you should report this to the authorities as soon as possible.

What happens if I report abuse?

If you report the abuse to the police or social services, they will ask you about your concerns. They will also ask you for as much information as possible so the abuse can be investigated.

What impact can child abuse have on victims?

Child abuse and sexual abuse of children can have a very serious effect on people. Now, the exact impact may vary significantly from child to child. However, for many, the impact may extend into adulthood.

What help is there for victims?

Above in our guide, we have various resources. Now, these will help if you have been the victim of abuse or need to support someone who has been.

To learn more about seeking child abuse compensation, please contact our team for advice at a time that works for you. Our solicitors are experts in child care home sexual abuse claims and could help you receive compensation. Contact us using the above details.

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