Abuse in schools by teachers
A school should be a place for pupils to feel safe and create the perfect environment to help children and young people flourish. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and children have suffered abuse from the very people who have a duty of care and are supposed to be looking after their best interests; teachers, assistants and other school staff.
Abuse takes place in all types of schools including; public, state, faith and special schools. Abuse can include physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
All schools are expected to have sufficient safeguarding procedures to prevent abuse by school employees. Over the years we have heard many accounts of children being abused in the education sector. By now it would be hoped that lessons had been learnt, and sufficient safeguarding procedures put into place to prevent history from repeating itself.
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If you’ve experienced sexual abuse in any form, you have every right to make a claim for damages, and we’re here to advise and support you through the legal process. We will:
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If you have suffered school abuse from a teacher or staff member
If you are a survivor of teacher sexual abuse or abuse from a school staff member whilst attending school, even if a long time ago, you should report it to the police.
It is also important to get in contact with the available help and support services who can offer free counselling and other advice on all sexual abuse cases. See below for a list of recommended support services.
How we can help
If you were sexually abused whilst a pupil at school contact us for free initial advice. The school abuse could have happened at a state, private or public school. You might be able to claim compensation for the physical and psychological harm you suffered.
You may be able to bring a claim against the person who abused you or against the local authority in the case of a state school, or the owners of the private or public school. Many schools are insured and so the claim may be handled on their behalf by the insurers. This will depend very much on the circumstances of your case.
Our team of specialist lawyers offer survivors ongoing support throughout their case when dealing with abuse against teachers and other staff members.
Client, sexual abuse at school survivor -
Thank you for all your hard work in this case. As you said at the beginning, there wasn't much hope of a settlement from Jersey and I felt that this was the case too knowing Jersey as I do.
I can now look forward to getting some treatment for my PTSD and try to move on in life, which I wouldn't of been able to do without your help.
I cannot thank you enough.