Abuse in Children Homes
If you were sexually abused whilst in care as a child or patient please contact us.
This could have been when you were in the care of a local authority or a charity or, perhaps, when in foster care.
You might be able to claim compensation for the physical and psychological harm you suffered. We will be able to advise you.
We could also help you to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
If you have not done so already we would advise you to report the sexual abuse that suffered to the police.
If you suffered sexual abuse whilst you were in care you may be able to bring a claim against the person who abused you or against the local authority, or both. The law can be complicated and some cases are more straightforward than others. We would need to examine your case very carefully before advising.
Some restrictions may apply to your ability to bring a claim. For more information, refer to our FAQ section below. Alternatively, get in touch using the phone or envelope icons on this page to arrange a free initial consultation with the team.
Some areas we cover:
Northern Ireland Redress Scheme
The Northern Ireland Executive set up an inquiry and investigation into historical institutional abuse. The inquiry covered abuse of children under 18 who lived in children’s homes, borstals, training schools, juvenile justice centres, hospitals and orphanages between 1922 and 1995 in Northern Ireland. The investigation reviewed 22 institutions but noted there were further organisations identified. The report was published on 20 January 2017. The Inquiry found that abuse was ‘widespread’ within various institutions.
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Les Chenes Redress Scheme
Opened in 1979 and running until the 2000s, Les Chênes was supposed to be a residential home for children with a remand function. However, the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report noted that all residents – whether young offenders or not – were, “in effect, serving sentences” there.
Some former residents alleged that they were subjected to emotional as well as physical abuse whilst on remand at Les Chenes. Many say thet suffered psychological damage as result of their experiences.
Hugh James represented over a hundred former residents in their case for compensation.
If you are a former resident of Les Chenes you might be entitled to compensation.
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How can we help
If you’ve experienced sexual abuse as a result of your involvement in children homes or care, you may want justice, compensation, or simply an apology. You may also want further advice and support.
Whether the sexual abuse suffered was by an individual as part of a children homes or care organisation, you deserve justice. For many people, this includes the compensation you may be entitled to. While compensation can't undo the experience of suffering abuse, it can help you start to move on with your life.
Whichever course of action you choose, our lawyers have many years’ experience of working with survivors of abuse, and will always have your best interests at heart. You’ll find us sensitive to your needs, expert at listening, and thoughtful and considered when explaining the options open to you.
Our team of specialist solicitors have helped many people secure sexual abuse compensation. One of our team can offer you a free consultation to give you advice on making a claim. They can meet you at home, in our office, or any location you choose – or we can talk on the phone if you prefer.
Please don't feel worried or embarrassed discussing your claim with one of us. We'll deal with your case with great care and attention, and completely confidentially, to help you achieve the justice you deserve.