What can I do About Abuse at my Child’s School?
When your child leaves home for a day at school you would expect them to be safe and secure under the staff’s watchful eye. However, sadly this is not always the case.
TW: This article covers themes of sexual abuse
Simon Henderson, the Headmaster at Eton College has praised former pupils for their “extraordinary courage and dignity” after speaking out about the sexual abuse they suffered while studying at the prestigious boarding school.
Matthew Mowbray, 49, the former geography teacher at Eton College, was charged at Reading Crown Court in December 2020 with 15 sexual offences against Eton pupils in his 27-year teaching career. By day Mowbray taught geography at the school, but by night, he would visit students in their bedrooms, under the guise of discussing their ‘schoolwork’ – before sexually abusing them.
He’s been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children and one of voyeurism after secretly filming a boy getting dressed. Voyeurism is the act of viewing and/or recording someone whilst they undress, and/or are naked.
Many of Mowbray’s victims are continuing to suffer with depression, anxiety, stress, and physical and psychological distress, according to Resident Judge Heather Norton QC, the Judge handling his case.
Child abuse can have long lasting effects on victims, and even when their perpetrator is charged, this won’t always give victims the full closure and justice that they need.
Our Child Abuse Solicitors have supported many victims of child abuse to rebuild their lives and get the justice they deserve. We understand that talking about abuse can be extremely traumatic, but our patient and empathetic Solicitors are here for you should you decide to speak out.
Everything you tell us will be handled with complete confidence. If you decide to take legal action, we can look at handling your case on a No Win, No Fee basis or you might be entitled to Legal Aid – ask us for details when you get in touch.
Daily Mail. (Publication date: December 3, 2020). "Disgraced Eton College teacher GUILTY of sexually abusing boys." Available at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8986861/Disgraced-Eton-College-teacher-GUILTY-sexually-abusing-boys.html.
Ministry of Justice. (Publication date not specified). "Mowbray Decision." Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/628cd535e90e071f6af1463a/Mowbray_Decision.pdf.
Healthline. (Publication date not specified). "Voyeurism: Definition, Causes, and Treatment." Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-voyeurism.
Fill in the form below to get in touch with one of our dedicated team members, or call our team today on: 0808 239 1287