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I Was Sexually Abused in School, Can I Claim Compensation?

By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 7th June 2022. On this page, you will find a detailed guide to the process of making a personal injury claim for a child that has been sexually abused in a school. Sexual abuse in schools, despite the best efforts of educational authorities and the UK Government, still takes place relatively frequently. This guide contains all of the information a person needs to learn about the process your solicitor will follow when making a claim for compensation for a child that has been sexually abused while they were attending school.

Legal Expert is experienced in handling sensitive claims cases involving sexual abuse to children of all ages. We approach them by taking considerable care not to cause any additional trauma to the child if it can be avoided in any way. Call us on 0800 073 8804 today to find out how we can help you and your child.

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation When Sexually Abused In A School

School sexual assault claims

School sexual assault claims

In this guide to making personal injury claims for cases of sexual abuses that have been committed against children while attending school, you will find advice and information you will need to be able to understand the entire end-to-end claims process. It covers details such as how sexual abuse in schools occurs and key statistics. You will not find any form of personal injury claims calculator on this page, they are simply so inaccurate they tend to do more harm than good, raising the expectation of claimants falsely. You will find a complete list of the typical amounts of compensation that have historically been paid for a range of injuries. As long as you are making your damages claim within the personal injury claims time limit of three years, then this guide is going to be of great use to you. It contains information including:

  • A basic definition of what sexual abuse in schools actually is, and how it is often not reported until years after the event when the child has grown up.
  • Key statistics covering instances of sexual abuse that happen in schools in the UK each year.
  • Some important advice on what you need to do in order to make sure you have established your case and are in a position to begin making a claim for damages.
  • A brief look at some of the methods that can be used to report sexual abuse in schools, from the viewpoints of both a child at school who is the victim, or a parent of a child who has been abused.
  • A discussion of the concept of vicarious liability, and how this changes which legal entity is liable to pay compensation for a child that has been sexually abused while attending school.
  • An explanation of what a “litigation friend” is, and how such a person can help a child make a compensation claim for sexual abuse at school.
  • A step by step set of instructions for starting your compensation claim for child sexual abuse, and how Legal Expert manages the onboarding of new clients.
  • An examination of the two main types of damages that a typical sexual assault settlement will be made up of, both special damages and general damages.
  • A table which fully details historic compensation amounts for a wide range of different injuries in child sexual abuse cases.
  • An explanation of how the No Win No Fee claims service operated by Legal Expert works, and the main reasons why we feel this is the best legal service for making a compensation claim for sexual abuse that happened at a school.

When you get to the bottom of this guide, you may well have some unanswered questions, or need some additional information that wasn’t covered in this guide. If you do, then please take a few minutes out of your day to call Legal Expert. The telephone number is in the last section of this guide.

What Is Sexual Abuse In A School

Of all types of abuse in schools, sexual abuse in schools is the most serious of all. The psychological damages caused to a young mind can affect a person for their entire life.

The abuse is most commonly carried out by a teacher, who the child trusts, and this betrayal of trust can be seriously damaging. However, it is not only a teacher that can be the perpetrator. It could be another member of the school staff such as a cleaner or a teacher’s assistant, and it could even be a much older student.

If your child has been the victim of sexual abuse at school, regardless who the guilty party was, then Legal Expert is on hand to help you through the difficult process of making a claim for damages. Please do contact us, our telephone number is in the last section of this guide.

Statistics Showing The Rate Of Sexual Abuse In Schools

school sexual assault statistics

As can be seen from the graph above, instances of sexual abuse in the UK are currently seeing a gathering trend, with more sexual assaults in 2017 than at any time in the last 15 years. This means that instances of child sexual assault, that in some cases will have taken place in schools, are also on the rise, as well as the percentage of teachers accused of abuse.

How serious is child sexual abuse in the UK? Consider these two shocking facts; a) 1 in 20 children are sexually abused in the UK each year, and b) 1 in 3 children who are sexually abused never tell anyone until much later in their lives. So, this means that for every 60 children in the UK, 1 is being sexually abused and nobody but the child knows about it or will know about it for many years to come.

How To Establish A Claim For Sexual Abuse In A School

Before you can make a compensation claim for child abuse in schools, for example, sexual abuse by a teacher, you need to ensure that you have already established a basis for making a claim. Your legal team is not responsible for reporting the abuse and instigating the process of getting the allegations looked in to. This is the responsibility of either the child or in most cases, the parents.

The first stage in establishing a case is to actually report it (more on that on the next section). You will also need to have your child examined by a medical professional, and potentially a psychotherapist as well to establish the extent of the sexual abuse. This can be a traumatic experience for a child, so a child councillor will be able to make sure that this stage of the claim is handled in a way that is least traumatic to the child.

Once you have established that you have a viable sexual abuse at school claim, then you can use the telephone number in the last section of this guide to contact Legal Export. We can also help to arrange for a local medical examination of your child if you need us to.

Reporting Sexual Abuse In A School

There are a number of different routes that you can take when it comes to reporting sexual abuse at a school, before engaging a personal injury solicitor to make school sexual abuse compensation claims. These are:

  • Report it to the school – most parents see this as the only option. However, it is not the only option, and possibly not the best option. If the school is found guilty of allowing a child to be sexually abused through oversight, then the school will be the legal entity you will claim against. Therefore, it is in the school’s best interest to minimise the case, which may not be it the child’s best interest.
  • Report it to the NSPCC – the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a solid choice when it comes to reporting sexual abuse at school. The NSPCC has significant powers in stopping sexual abuse, and it is easy to contact, as it offers both a hotline and a web form for reporting abuse.
  • Report it to the police – this is always an option and with specially trained officers and investigators, they could offer you the help you need.

Legal Expert can help you proceed with your claim once the sexual abuse has been reported, and a claim has been established. In the last section of this guide, you will find out contact number.

Who Is Liable In Cases Child Abuse In Schools?

Establishing from whom you will claim compensation for victims of abuse in sexual abuse at school cases, requires an understanding of the concept of vicarious liability. This legalese sound phrase is actually very easy to understand.

Whenever a school allows a case of sexual abuse to occur, either via oversight or knowing the sexual abuse was taking place yet doing nothing about it, they will be liable to pay damages. It will not be the teacher or another member of staff that the claim is made against. It will be their employer. Of course, the perpetrator is highly likely to be prosecuted through the criminal courts, but this forms no part of the claim itself.

To answer the question, can I claim compensation for historical abuse? The answer is a little more complicated. If the school is still operating, then they will be liable to pay damages. However, if the school is no longer in operation, you may need to claim against Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a special Government body that is in place so that victims of criminal activities have a way to claim compensation if the person or legal entity that caused the damage cannot be claimed against.

Legal Expert is experienced in claiming against CICA and can help you to successfully gain access to the maximum level of compensation for which you are eligible. In the last section of this guide, you will find our phone number, call us today so that we can help you.

What Is The Role Of A Litigation Friend In Claims Involving Children?

For some people, making a claim for sexual abuse at school is beyond them. This could be either a young child, who is not old enough to bring proceedings against their school or an older person who is, for example, mentally handicapped.

In these cases, a “litigation friend” can take on the role of the claimant on their behalf. When this happens, the legal term for the person they are representing is “protected party”.

A litigation friend can only be used to as representation in certain types of cases, and these are:

  • The Court of Protection.
  • A case involving a family.
  • Any civil case that is not deemed to be a tribunal.

If you are the litigation friend of a protected party, check the last section of this guide where you will find a telephone number. Call Legal Expert on this number, explain you are a litigation friend, and we will begin to help you make your claim for criminal injuries compensation on behalf of the protected party.

How To Start A Compensation Claim for Sexual Abuse In A School

When you engage a personal injury lawyer to claim compensation for sexual abuse victims and assault victims, the lawyer needs to understand the background of your case. Legal Expert has a standardised client onboarding process, which begins with us asking you questions about your claim such as:

  • Is your child a fit state to give testimony about the event?
  • Has your child had to take an extended time off school and miss a vital part of their education because of the sexual abuse?
  • Has the school and the teacher admitted that the sexual abuse took place?
  • Has your child developed any psychological problems due to the sexual assault?
  • Did your child suffer any physical injuries as a result of the sexual abuse?
  • When and at what school did the sexual abuse take place?
  • How old is your child that was sexually abused by a teacher?

If you are ready to answer these types of questions, before moving forward to make your claim, you will find a telephone number in the final section of this guide. You can use this number to contact us here at Legal Expert, and we will cover these questions and more, before giving you the best advice we can with regards what the next legal step should be for your specific case.

Payouts For Historic School Abuse Claims

This section will primarily be based on what potential payouts for historic school abuse claims you could receive if you were to claim compensation through the CICA.

The CICA provides compensation for school abuse by using The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. This has a set tariff of compensation amounts. The amount of criminal injury compensation you could receive depends on the extent of your injuries.

If you’ve suffered from multiple injuries, you would receive 100% compensation for the injury with the highest value, 30% of the compensation for the injury with the second highest value and 15% of the compensation for the injury with the third highest value.

The time limit to claim is usually two years from the date the incident was reported to the police. However, there are exceptions to this.

When you claim for school abuse through this method, you may also be able to claim for special expenses. This means that you can claim compensation for certain financial losses caused by the injury if you have lost earning capacity or lost earnings for more than twenty-eight weeks. You would also need to prove that the cost for the services were necessary, reasonable and a direct result of the injury you’re claiming for.

For example, you may be making a claim for school abuse that occurred years ago. This abuse may have led to long-lasting issues with anxiety or depression, meaning you have difficulty working and you need private therapy. In this case, you could potentially claim for a loss of earnings and the costs of your therapy provided it was unavailable on the NHS or through your local authority.

Personal Injury Claim for School Abuse

There are instances where you may seek a payout for school abuse not through the CICA. You could claim directly against the perpetrator if they have been identified and have the means to pay your compensation. Generally, you would have three years from the date of the incident to do so. . Again, however, there are exceptions to this.

You could also potentially claim against the school for negligence if they fail to DBS check a teacher that had a history of sexual abuse, and your child was abused by said teacher. The below compensation table shows what you could receive for general damages if you were to claim through this method.

Furthermore, you could also claim for special damages through this method. You would be able to claim for financial losses caused by the abuse. This can include loss of earnings, medical costs and professional care costs. To learn more about how to claim compensation for school abuse, please contact us for free legal advice using the above details.

Calculating Compensation For Those Sexually Abused In A School in 2022

This section has information about the amount of compensation you could potentially receive from school abuse claims. There are many factors that can affect the potential compensation amount. This includes the extent of the psychological injury and how badly it has negatively impacted you.

The Judicial College Guidelines can give you a clearer idea of what you could receive from school child abuse claims. This publication includes compensation brackets created from analysing previous personal injury compensation amounts.

These figures have been taken from the latest guidelines. However, please remember that these are not guaranteed as every claim is unique. This means that the amount you could receive may differ to the figures listed below.

InjurySeverityNotesAmount
Psychological injurySevereCases of mental trauma, with symptoms that will have very long-term effects on the quality of life of the sufferer, such as anxiety, depression and additional new phobias and fears.£54,830 to £115,730
Psychological injuryModerately SevereCases of mental trauma, with symptoms that will have long-term effects on the quality of life of the sufferer, such as anxiety, depression and additional new phobias and fears.£19,070 to £54,830
Psychological injuryModerateCases of mental trauma, with symptoms that will have medium-term effects on the quality of life of the sufferer, such as anxiety, depression and additional new phobias and fears.£5,860 to £19,070
Psychological injuryLess severeCases of mental trauma, with symptoms that will have short-term effects on the quality of life of the sufferer, such as anxiety, depression and additional new phobias and fears.£1,540 to £5,860
P.T.S.D.SevereFull blown cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that will last for a very long-term and have very severe effects on the life of the sufferer.£59,860 to £100,670
P.T.S.D.Moderately SevereFull blown cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that will last for a long-term and have very severe effects on the life of the sufferer.£23,150 to £59,860
P.T.S.D.ModerateFull blown cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that will last for a medium-term and have very severe effects on the life of the sufferer.£8,180 to £23,150
P.T.S.D.Less severeFull blown cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that will last for a short-term and have very severe effects on the life of the sufferer.£3,950 to £8,180

Importantly, this table also doesn’t relate to special damages. Special damages compensation is for any financial losses suffered due to the injury. In order to claim for this, you would need evidence including invoices, receipts and bank statements to prove the value of the losses you’re wanting to claim for.

If you would like to know more about the claims process or want to know if you’re eligible, please contact us for free legal advice using the details above. Our advisors can answer any queries you have and even connect you with a specialised No Win No Fee solicitor.

No Win No Fee Claims For Sexual Abuse In Schools

If you need to make a compensation claim for physical abuse in schools by teachers, then has the best service offering to do this. Our No Win No Fee claims service provides a financially risk-free vehicle for making all types of personal injury claims.

There is no cost to instigate your claim, no cost ongoing even if it takes a year to make your claim, and if we lose, there is still no cost. You only pay our fees when you actually win a damages settlement and receive a payment.

How We Can Help Make Your Claim For Sexual Abuse Compensation

Legal Expert has a vast experience in dealing with sexual abuse in school cases. We have a lot of expertise and understand advanced concepts such as the role of teacher in sexual abuse, which help us to make claims successfully.

We will always do everything we can in an effort to ensure that you receive the maximum level of compensation that we can claim for you. In the same breath, we won’t ever take any unnecessary risks that could cause your claim to fail.

We don’t use legalese to answer your questions, and we will always keep you updated on the process we are following to make your claim. Use the telephone number below to contact Legal Expert, so that we can add you to our long list of satisfied clients.

How To Get In Contact With Legal Expert

Part of the answer to the question, I had a child assaulted at school what to do? is to make sure you claim the compensation your child will be entitled to. The best way to do this is to call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today. We will offer you some entirely free legal advice, on the best way to go about making your claim.

Resources And Links

Childline Sexual Abuse

Do not suffer in silence Childline is could help you. If you need someone to talk to contact Childline.

Below you will find a URL that leads to a full and detailed guide to making assault compensation claims:

A guide to making assault claims

Below you will find a URL that leads to a full and detailed guide to making school accident compensation claims:

A guide to making school accident claims

Below you will find a URL that leads to statistics pertaining to sexual abuse on children published by the NSPCC:

NSPCC statistics on child sexual abuse

Below you will find a URL that leads to some very detailed reports on child sexual abuse in schools that has been published by the University College London (UCL):

UCL reports pertaining to child sexual abuse in schools

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