Every child abuse claim is unique and we’ll sensitively consider any information you share with us to help you get the best result. There are two main ways to seek compensation:
1. Through the court system
2. Through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
In some cases, you can apply to both.
Regardless of which route you choose to go down, here are the 6 main steps for making a claim:
1. Get in touch
For a free no obligation chat, contact our child abuse team on 020 7288 4800 or complete our online child abuse enquiry form.
2. Funding options
We’ll help you decide on the best funding arrangement for you, whether it’s ‘no win no fee’, legal expenses insurance or Legal Aid. We can also provide advice on partner organisations who can help.
3. Records and documents
If we think you have a claim, we will carry out initial enquiries and review documents including police statements, prosecution documents and social services records.
4. Speak to witnesses
We may also speak to witnesses if necessary and agreed by you.
5. Letter of claim
Once we have all the supporting evidence, we will draft a letter to the defendant setting out the detail of your claim.
6. Expert opinion
We will instruct a psychiatrist to interview you and provide a report for the case If we think your case will be supported by evidence from any other experts we will also arrange for you to see them and for them to provide a report on their opinion.
Find out more about the child and adult abuse claims process here. You can also read information on how to report a case of child abuse to the police.