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Abuse Claims for Children and Adults

Abuse – whether child abuse or adult abuse – is when one individual causes significant harm or distress to another individual. We understand how immensely difficult it can be to, firstly, come to terms with what has happened and, secondly, to take the necessary actions to seek justice for the crime.

Contact one of our sexual abuse solicitors, or our wider adult abuse and child abuse teams, for a no-obligation chat about how we can help.
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What is an Abuse Claim?

Child abuse is any action – committed by an adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child or young person under the age of 18. We are one of the country’s largest teams of specialist child abuse lawyers. We will support you in seeking justice and treatment for the wrongs you have suffered.

Adult abuse is when an individual uses power or control over a person to cause them significant harm or distress. There are many different types of adult abuse including physical, emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse, as well as neglect and exploitation.

Whether you’re acting on behalf of someone you know or for yourself, our highly trained abuse lawyers will help support you in making an abuse claim. We appreciate this process can be overwhelming, so we’ll make sure every step along the way is handled with sensitivity, empathy and compassion.

Survivors’ Stories

Watch the testimonies of five child abuse survivors in a short film that seeks to inform and empower others who may have endured similar abuse. Disclosing your suffering is never easy but our contributors hope that their stories will inspire others to come forward and disclose their abuse to the police.

Child Abuse

Our child abuse team specialise in representing survivors who were abused during their childhood

Adult Abuse

Adult abuse is when an individual uses power or control over a person to cause them significant harm

£200,000 awarded for local authority’s failure to protect a child

Bolt Burdon Kemp recently settled a claim for £200,000 on behalf of our client, Maureen Wood, against Staffordshire Council for their negligence in failing to protect her from serious abuse at the hands of her mother, brother and stepfather.

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Meet our Abuse Claims Team

Zahra Awaiz-Bilal
Senior Associate – Part of the Abuse Claims Team
Jessica Standley
Associate – Part of the Abuse Claims Team
Siobhán Crawford
Senior Associate – Part of the Abuse Claims Team
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  • I am so grateful for what the whole team at Bolt Burdon Kemp has done for me. I thought my future was non-existent after suffering terrible abuse at the hands of my primary school teacher. I went through hell and back again but after contacting David, he assured me that…
  • Dear David, I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and support over the past 18 months. Your patience, understanding and hard work has helped me to believe that I could win my case. It's only ever been about being brave enough, having the strength and courage…
  • David McClenaghan treated me with such gentle understanding in matters I had struggled to come to terms with all my life. I will be forever in his debt for the outcome he negotiated on my behalf. It has given me hope in life for the first time in many many years.
  • Cheers David for fighting my corner, in the biggest battle of my life. When society let me down, you stood your ground. I respect you and Jonathan too. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Wounds are slowly healing, just having stood up and been recognised gave…

Our Insights

Lea Valley Academy Football Coach Daniel Moss Sentenced for Abusing Pupil

Daniel Moss used his position as a football coach to take advantage of the female pupil. He admitted that the abuse took place between October…

By Emily McFadden
Charlie Webster Exposes Abuse in Athletics & Calls for Change

Following Charlie Webster’s work in closing the legal loophole allowing sports coaches who are in positions of trust to abuse the 16 and 17 year…

By Siobhán Crawford
Witness appeal: Abuse by John Edward Bates – former Scout leader and policeman

I represent a client who has instructed me to bring a civil claim for child abuse, on the basis that he was subjected to serious…

By Zahra Awaiz-Bilal
Predatory Herts School teacher Anthony Shenton jailed for sexual abusing school boys

Anthony Shenton, a former Design & Technology teacher at Langleybury School in Hunton Bridge, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after a four-day…

By Joseph Carr
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