Whilst most children who are taken into the care of the Local Authority are provided with a safe, stable and loving environment, sadly, this is not always the case. Some children suffer child abuse at the hands of those who were supposed to protect them.
If you were taken into the care of a Council or Local Authority and suffered abuse, you might be in a position to make a claim against the Local Authority who was responsible for your care.
Any child in the care of the Local Authority has the right to be protected from abuse. It doesn’t matter if the placement was short term or long term - the Local Authority may have a ‘duty of care’ to them.
Local Authorities can place children in care in various settings – this could be a children’s home, family group homes or foster homes and abuse in these environments can take many different forms. It could be sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse or neglect.
At Simpson Millar, we deal with many abuse cases, particularly in child abuse, where the abuse took place many years ago. In one case, we successfully secured £50,000 compensation for a client who suffered sexual abuse while in the care of a Local Authority when he was 11 years old; and contacted us when he was 30. See our Case Study for details.
If this happened to you, please don’t be afraid to come forward as we can work to achieve justice for you.
For a free, confidential discussion call our Abuse Claims Solicitors and we will help you. Ask about Legal Aid or if we can deal with your case on a No Win, No Fee basis.