School should be a place where children are safe from harm and abuse, a place for them to learn and develop in a safe environment. Sometimes, however, those in a position of trust abuse this position and take advantage of a child. Whether the abuse is sexual, physical or emotional this can be extremely traumatising for a child and have life-long consequences.
Children in care are among the most vulnerable in society, but abuse in children’s homes is all too common. If you were harmed in a children’s home, we can help you seek redress.
Whether a child is in care permanently, or for a short period of time, children’s homes have a duty to look after the children in their care, and ensure their safety. This doesn’t always happen and, in some circumstances, these children become victims of abuse, causing long-term, life-changing harm.
Scout leaders should encourage the adventurous, fun side of childhood, equipping children with life skills while ensuring they don’t grow up too quickly. While it can seem unthinkable that people with this responsibility would take advantage of the trust parents and children place in them, the sad reality is that, for decades, Scout leaders have used their position within the Scout Association to abuse children.
The Cadets consists of the Army Cadets, the Air Cadets and the Sea Cadets which are all the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence. Bolt Burdon Kemp has successfully represented clients in their claims for abuse suffered whilst in the Cadets for many years. To date we have secured over £1 million pounds in compensation for our clients through such claims.
The idea that members of the clergy, considered by many to be some of societies most trusted people, would abuse children is shocking. Unfortunately, it does happen. Religious organisations and churches are places you would expect to be totally safe, but children are abused by the people they trust the most.
Our specialist child abuse solicitors at Bolt Burdon Kemp can help you make a claim if you have been abused within a sport setting. Get in touch with our team of leading lawyers and we can help you through this difficult process. We act for the vast majority of clients on a no win, no fee basis and we also act in some matters on a legal aid basis. Although we are based in London, we have clients all over the globe and are happy to travel to see clients or for them to see us in London.
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.
The police are here to protect the public from crime as well as supporting victims and witnesses of crime. For the most part, police officers uphold justice and are people we can trust. However, there are officers who abuse their standing given to them by their job and uniform. This can be particularly traumatising as often they are there to support the individual they have abused. Whatever form the abuse takes, it can have lifelong consequences.
Children who are detained in institutions are particularly at risk of abuse due to the imbalance of power between them and those members of staff paid to look after and care for them. We can help bring a claim against institutions where staff abuse their positions of trust and exploit vulnerable children.