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8 September 2023 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

Scout leader jailed for sexually abusing two children

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An ex scout leader has been jailed for sexually abusing two children he met at a scout camp. Jonathan Withey was jailed for 16 years at Nottingham Crown Court. Withey had abused his position of trust in order to sexually abuse the boy and girl concerned over a long period of time.

In this latest podcast Alan, Dani, and Hannah discuss the case, and the many cases where they have successfully represented victims and survivors of sexual abuse committed in youth organisations including the scouts.

They highlight particular themes that they have identified in these cases for example the fact that there are often multiple victims, and the abusers are often much respected creating a barrier to reporting concerns.

The victims and survivors suffer both physical and psychological injuries which can have a life time impact. Specialist legal representation is needed to achieve successful outcomes which enable the survivors to achieve recovery, and often to rebuild their lives.

The abuse team has many years of experience in successfully representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse.

We encourage anyone who has concerns about sexual abuse to get in touch. You can contact Alan Collins at [email protected] or Danielle Vincent at  [email protected].

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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