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.

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.

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.

Child Abuse

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.

Find out more about Child Abuse claims

Adult Abuse

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.

Find out more about Adult Abuse claims
  • "Dear Zahra, I can't thank you enough for your continued support and determination. I couldn't have done it without you. I am very pleased with the outcome. All the best for the future."

    Claire Child Abuse client

  • "We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your efforts in bringing Charlie’s case to a successful conclusion. We have dealt with a few solicitors in the past but none have been as proactive, efficient and organised as you! The knowledge that Charlie’s case was in the hands of such a competent solicitor helped reduce the stress involved considerably. We will have no hesitation in recommending your services in the future."

    Irene & Andrew Ridley

  • Mr. Pepper continued to give the superior service that we had come to expect from your firm. His updates to us on the progress of the claim were timely accurate and courteous. We very much felt that he was 'on our side'. Having set out all legal scenarios for us we found his advice in all matters to be sound and logical. I found Mr. Pepper's approach and attitude to our claim to have been of an exceptionally high standard. He is diligent and conscientious with a firm grasp of the law and an ability to convey often complex matters in an easy to understand way. He is to be commended for the manner in which he brought our case to completion and for the compensation he secured on our behalf. Please convey our sincere thanks to him. To receive the interim payments when we did was very much appreciated. We also appreciated the way our potential liability for medical expenses was explained and handled. In conclusion we can say that we were extremely happy with Bolt Burdon Kemp in general and with the solicitors assigned to us in particular. We would have no hesitation in recommending your firm to our friends and colleagues.

    Derek Brennan

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Successful claims with BBK

Members of abuse legal team in a meeting

£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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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.

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